U.S. says Delta flight incident terrorism related

KAILUA, HAWAII Fri Dec 25, 2009 6:59pm EST

1 of 2. A Delta Airbus 330 airliner sits on a runway at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Michigan in this video grab made December 25, 2009.

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KAILUA, HAWAII (Reuters) - The United States believes an incident, which news reports said involved a small explosion aboard a Delta flight arriving in Detroit was terrorism related, a White House official said on Friday.

"We believe this was an attempted act of terrorism," a White House official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

President Barack Obama is on vacation in Hawaii and was closely monitoring the situation.