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American Airlines flight diverted to Phoenix

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PHOENIX (WHDH) - Authorities said a security threat forced a flight from Dallas to San Diego to be diverted to Phoenix.

FBI Special Agent Perryn T. Collier says the American Airlines flight landed Sunday afternoon at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

The flight from Dallas to San Diego had 179 passengers and six crew members on board.

A hacker, or group of hackers, going by the name "Lizard Squad" tweeted at American Airlines about reports of an explosive on board the flight, saying, "we have been receiving reports that @j_smedley's plane #362 from DFW to SAN has explosives on-board, please look into this."

Among the passengers on board was John Smedley, president of Sony Online Entertainment, who tweeted: "Yes. My plane was diverted. Not going to discuss more than that. Justice will find these guys."

Earlier, the group claimed responsibility for hacking the Sony Play Station Network that knocked out service over the weekend.

Sony confirmed a threat, saying, "although this has impacted your ability to access our network and enjoy our services, no personal information has been accessed."

The plane landed without incident.

Collier declined to discuss the security threat because of the active investigation.

American Airlines spokeswoman Michelle Mohr said Flight 362 landed safely shortly before noon and was met by authorities.

She said the passengers were able to continue their trips and have reached San Diego. Mohr said she couldn't discuss security matters and referred questions to the FBI.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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