Infrastructure Daily News 04.16.12

Transportation Sector

. April 13, Associated Press – (National; International) Lightning forces United flight return to airport. An official at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco said lightning hit a United Airlines flight, April 12, forcing the plane to return to the airport. A duty manager said the plane landed safely and there were no injuries to anyone. A spokeswoman from United said the Boeing 777 carrying 258 passengers was en route to London, England. Maintenance workers were inspecting the aircraft. Passengers were expected to fly to London April 13. Source: flight-return-airport

. April 12, WBIR 10 Knoxville – (Tennessee) Loaded gun found in passenger’s bag at McGhee Tyson Airport. A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent found a loaded gun at the security checkpoint at McGhee Tyson Airport April 11 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Airport police were alerted, confiscated the gun, and cited the passenger. The TSA said the incident was the fifth firearm discovery at the airport’s checkpoint so far this year. Source: at-McGhee-Tyson-Airport?odyssey=tab|topnews|bc|large For more stories, see items 2, 3, 5, and 43

Postal and Shipping Sector

. April 13, WCAU 10 Philadelphia – (Delaware) Fire marshal investigates exploding mailbox. The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office is searching for the person or people responsible for allegedly using explosives to damage a mailbox outside a home. It happened April 12 in Back Creek near Middletown. A homeowner discovered the mailbox damaged from an explosion, according to investigators. Source: Exploding-Mailbox–147310995.html

. April 12, KPAX 8 Missoula – (Montana) Mail box blown up, Missoula PD investigating. Police in Missoula, Montana, say they are looking into an April 11 incident where two juvenile boys blew up a mail box. The incident is still under investigation because police are trying to determine what they used as an explosive device. Source:

Emergency Services Sector

. April 13, New York Daily News – (New York) Cops warned of ‘Drano bomb’ threat. The New York City Police Department (NYPD) in the Rockaways was targeted for an attack with “Drano bombs,” the New York Daily News learned. The NYPD issued a citywide alert April 10 warning officers about “Drano bombs,” also known as “bottle bombs,” that “are exploded by readily mixing available household products in plastic containers.” Police sources said that while the alert went to every precinct, the greatest concern is in the Rockaways. The sources said police recently learned from informants that gang members and other troublemakers talked about throwing bombs at police officers or placing them near patrol cars. A second source said police are trying to determine if the plot is tied to any recent police activity — such as a major arrest or initiative — or if someone heard about it on the Internet and spread the word. Source: 1.1061036

. April 12, Charleston Daily Mail – (West Virginia) Police say patient stabbed paramedic in head, stole ambulance. Police said a Nicholas County, West Virginia man stabbed a paramedic and stole his ambulance April 10. A police deputy was dispatched to help a paramedic with a combative patient when the patient grabbed a pair of scissors and stabbed the parametric in the head, according to a criminal complaint filed in Nicholas Magistrate Court. He then took off in the ambulance, owned by Quinwood Ambulance. The paramedic suffered serious injuries and was taken to a local hospital. The patient then crashed the ambulance into a tree, destroying nearly 100-feet of guardrail in the process, the complaint said. Source: