Feb 5, 2013 11:11 AM

Woman pleads in 9/11 threat at Tucson airport

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. - A New York woman has pleaded guilty to phoning in a false bomb threat to a Tucson airport on Sept. 11, 2011.

Prosecutors say Mary Purcell admitted calling Tucson International because her mother and brother were scheduled to take a Southwest Airlines flight that day. She says she feared for their safety on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

Newsday (http://bit.ly/WN2EoD ) reports Purcell admitted making the call during a court proceeding last week in federal court on Long Island.

After the call, Tucson bomb squad officers searched the luggage for traces of explosives, and searched the plane with police dogs.

No bomb was found.

FBI agents on Long Island arrested Purcell days later. She faces up to 10 years in prison


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