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Police: Co-pilot arrested after talk of shoe bomb

Air France flier faces arraignment in New York


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NEW YORK (CNN) -- An Air France co-pilot was arrested Friday night at John F. Kennedy International Airport after he told security he had a bomb in his shoe, authorities said.

Phillippe Rivere, 50, a French citizen and co-pilot for the French national carrier, was scheduled to fly Flight 9 from New York to Paris at 11 p.m. EDT.

According to Port Authority spokesman Tony Ciavolella, Rivere was going through the security checkpoint when he said he had a shoe bomb. Port Authority Police were called and Rivere was taken into custody and searched, but no explosive devices were found, Ciavolella said.

Ciavolella said he did not know whether Rivere was joking.

Port Authority officials transferred Rivere to the Queens District Attorney's Office at 1 a.m. Saturday, where he was awaiting arraignment, Ciavolella said.

Rivere was charged with falsely reporting an incident in the first and second degrees, Ciavolella said. If convicted, he could face up to seven years in prison.

The flight on which Rivere was supposed to be the co-pilot was canceled Friday night, and police searched the plane, Ciavolella said. It took off for Paris at 10 a.m. Saturday.


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