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Plane Held at JFK Airport For FBI Probe into Poison Gas Report

March 21, 1995

NEW YORK (AP) _ An airplane from Greece with 211 passengers was held for more than eight hours while federal agents checked a report that poison gas was aboard.

The passengers and 21 crew members from the Olympic Airways 747 were released starting about 1:30 a.m. today after federal agents questioned them and investigators wearing protective gear checked the plane.

No suspicious material was found, the airline said in a statement this morning. A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman, Joan Brown, said Monday evening that the incident appeared to be a hoax.

The incident occurred a day after an attack on Tokyo’s subway system with nerve gas killed eight people and sickened thousands of others.

The FBI, which was leading the investigation at Kennedy, had no immediate comment.

Capt. Chris Konstantopoulos said Flight 421′s takeoff from Athens also was delayed, by about an hour, because of a report of a toxic liquid on board.

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