New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department, FAA release statement regarding Sunwing Flight 410

At around 6 p.m. on Nov. 29, Sunwing Flight 410 landed at Wilmington International Airport following a security issue.
Published: Nov. 30, 2022 at 12:17 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 30, 2022 at 7:56 PM EST
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - At around 6 p.m. on Nov. 29, Sunwing Flight 410 landed at Wilmington International Airport following a security issue.

According to a statement from the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, the Boeing 737 was parked in front of the US Customs building. Deputies boarded the plane and evacuated the passengers and crew.

Following a search of the aircraft, including a search of passengers, crew and luggage, no security threats were identified.

“Well, the first thing was making sure everything was safe and secure. That’s given in any dwelling or building. So, we got everyone off the plane searched everyone coming off the plane, as well as the crew. And then we start methodically going through with our canines that were explosive dogs so they can smell that type of thing and indicate on that as well. So it was a little long, meticulous process, but that’s what we do. That’s what we’re there for,” a spokesperson with NHCSO said. “It was a very big process you know and great that the sheriff’s office is at the airport we’ve only been there a couple of years but having the full resources and relationships that we do with all the other agencies who came out was able to get a successful operation done fairly quickly.”

Alongside the NHCSO, Wilmington Police Department Explosives K-9s and the Emergency Response Team Explosives Ordinance Disposal assisted in the search.

“It was a great display of coordinated agencies working together from the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, Wilmington Police Department, New Hanover County Fire, Novant Emergency Services, and ILM International Airport,” stated the release from the sheriff’s office.

The FAA further provided the following statement:

“Sunwing Airlines Flight 410, a Boeing 737, landed without incident at Wilmington International Airport in Wrightsboro, N.C., around 6 p.m. local time yesterday after the crew reported a passenger disturbance. The flight departed from Toronto, Canada, and was en route to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.”