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San Diego-bound jet diverted after report of security threat
May 8, 2011 / 9:54 PM / 7 years ago

San Diego-bound jet diverted after report of security threat

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A San Diego-bound flight was diverted to Albuquerque on Sunday after the FBI received a report of “a potential security threat,” but no suspicious devices were found on the plane, authorities said.

Delta Flight 1706, carrying 137 passengers and six crew members, landed at Albuquerque International Sunport shortly before 10 a.m., FBI spokesman Frank Fisher said in a statement.

Fisher did not provide details about the nature of the threat to the plane, which left from Detroit Metro Airport.

CNN reported that the flight was diverted after a flight attendant found a suspicious note in a bathroom.

“Crew and passengers were interviewed, and a search of the plane was conducted,” Fisher said, adding that no passengers were detained.

“Nobody was injured, and no suspicious devices were found,” he said.

The plane was diverted “out of an abundance of caution due to a security concern,” said Delta spokesman Morgan Durrant.

The plane was slated to resume its flight to San Diego International Airport later in the afternoon, said Daniel Jiron, a spokesman for the Albuquerque airport.

Reporting by Eric Johnson, editing by Ellen Wulfhorst

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