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POLICE: Marine Threatens To Blow Up Plane, Kill President

Wilmington, NC - Police say a Camp Lejeune Marine threatened to blow up a plane Tuesday night at the Wilmington International Airport.

Airport police say he also threatened to kill the president, kill police and their families.

Nicholas Hanke is in the New Hanover County jail, facing state and federal charges.

Gary Broughton, operations director at the airport, says Hanke was on a US Airways flight to Charlotte when he got on the plane and yelled "you people are stupid, there is a bomb on this plane and it's going to blow up."

Broughton tells WITN News that when the flight attendants approached Hanke, he assaulted the crew and then ran off the plane into the terminal.

Airport police chased the Marine, and he assaulted them as well. Broughton says when Transportation Security Administration officers approached Hanke he threatened to kill the president.

All of the plane's baggage was unloaded and searched for explosives, and each passenger was also re-screened.

Hanke is expected to be interviewed by the FBI and Secret Service who may also file charges.

Less than two weeks ago President Barack Obama visited Camp Lejeune to announce a troop withdrawal from Iraq.


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