Alamosa airport threatened by bomb call

ALAMOSA — A flight was diverted and passengers evacuated Sunday morning at the SLV Regional Airport while authorities investigated a bomb threat at the airport.

Finding no suspicious packages or items, authorities determined there was no threat to the community or airport, according to Alamosa Police Chief Duane Oakes.

On January 28 at 11:15 a.m. the Colorado State Patrol Communications Center received a call from a party advising they were at the airport and there was a bomb at that location. Alamosa Fire, EMS, Alamosa County Sheriff’s Office and Alamosa Police Department responded.  

Once there, officers with the Alamosa Police Department and Fire Department worked with TSA staff evacuating the buildings and securing the area. Alamosa Police Department staff conferred with the Pueblo Police Department Bomb Squad and established a plan to clear the buildings and property.  

Teams with the Alamosa Police Department and Fire Department cleared the buildings and property determining there were no suspicious packages or items, Oakes stated. Once cleared, the incident was turned over to TSA staff and normal business was resumed.  

During the incident an inbound flight to Alamosa was diverted to the Monte Vista Airport and landed safely at that location.  

Alamosa Police Department detectives, officers, and Colorado State Patrol troopers are following up on leads. A person of interest had been identified and attempts to locate this person were being made, according to Oakes.

Courier photo by Keith R. Cerny.