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Talcum powder causes scare at RDU

Posted April 20, 2011 9:41 p.m. EDT
Updated April 21, 2011 6:21 a.m. EDT

— Talcum powder caused a scare on an American Airlines flight headed to Raleigh-Durham International Airport Wednesday night, officials said. 

Shortly before Flight 1972 from Chicago landed at RDU, crews found an "unidentifiable substance" in the restroom and alerted air traffic control, RDU spokesman Andrew Sawyer said.

The plane landed and was taken to an isolated area while haz-mat crews responded. They identified the substance as talcum powder.

The 131 passengers on board were bused to the terminal.

Passenger Jim Harmeling said airports are better off "being safe than sorry" but he was surprised talcum powder caused a scare.

"I would assume these short of things happen all the time in flights where you have baby powder because you have lots of children," Harmeling said. "Hopefully, this will be a precedent to take care of this in the future, so you don't have to hold things up for a couple hours on the tarmack."

No one was injured in the incident.