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Delta flight lands safely in San Diego after security threat

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Passengers eating pizza while FBI questions Passengers eating pizza while FBI questions
Hanger cleared as passengers wait to board flight 1706 to San Diego Hanger cleared as passengers wait to board flight 1706 to San Diego

(CBS 8) - A Delta Air Lines flight from Detroit to San Diego was diverted to Albuquerque, N.M., on Sunday because of a security scare but authorities found "no suspicious devices" on the plane, an FBI spokesman said.

Flight 1706 was diverted, after a suspicious note was found. Passengers say the pilot announced that a flight attendant found a bomb threat in the bathroom.

"We were in the plane about an hour, after we were told that there's a threat. So it took about an hour before we landed. So that was a little tense," said one passenger.

"I thought New Mexico, where we went, they did a phenomenal job. The pilots did a great job. They served us drinks, they fed us pizza, so everything went smoothly," added another passenger.

The 137 passengers and crew, their luggage and the plane was inspected. Nothing dangerous was found and the flight resumed.

The passengers made it safely to San Diego Sunday around 5:25 p.m.

This is a story update. The original story and information from News 8 Doug Kolk's is below.

Update: Doug Kolk - News 8 Reporter

Around 5:25pm the 137 passengers aboard Delta flight 1706 landed safely in San Diego.

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PHOENIX (AP) — A Delta Air Lines flight from Detroit to San Diego was diverted to Albuquerque, N.M., on Sunday because of a security scare but authorities found "no suspicious devices" on the plane, an FBI spokesman said.

Agency spokesman Frank Fisher declined to clarify the nature of the "potential security threat" that caused Flight 1706 to land in New Mexico. He said agents searched the plane and interviewed the crew and 107 passengers before clearing the aircraft to fly again.

Albuquerque International Sunport spokesman Daniel Jiron also declined to say what the potential threat was. No one was arrested.

The flight was diverted at 10 a.m. MDT, and Jiron said it was cleared to fly again around 12:30 p.m.

The plane took off from Albuquerque at 4:23 p.m. and was expected to arrive in San Diego at 5:15 p.m. PDT.

Passenger Tim Cole, 55, of Hazleton, Penn., told The Associated Press that the pilot told passengers a note with the word "bomb" on it was found in one of the plane's bathrooms.

"The captain came on and said: 'You notice we're declining. We're getting ready to divert. It's probably a hoax, but we've got to take this very seriously,'" Cole said from the Albuquerque airport.

Fisher did not answer repeated questions by phone and email about the note.

Cole said he and the other passengers were brought to a warehouse at the airport, and FBI agents and dogs searched everyone's carry-on luggage.

He said an agent asked him only a couple of questions, and that all passengers got water, soda and pizza.

"I know some people were afraid but everybody has been pretty good," he said. "I travel all the time, so you know, I'm just one of those people who says 'What happens, happens.' I'm really glad they take it so seriously."

Also Sunday, a Continental Airlines flight from Houston to Chicago was diverted to St. Louis after a passenger tried to open the plane's door midflight. The passenger was taken into custody.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

This is a story update. The original story and information from News 8 Doug Kolk's is below.

From News 8 Reporter, Doug Kolk:  (For updates follow me on Twitter @DougKolkCBS8)

Plane has been cleared.  Passengers are now waiting for a Delta crew from Salt Lake City before re-boarding for flight to San Diego.   They have been told it should be a two hour wait.

Passengers expected to arrive at Lindbergh at 4:52pm, but most likely will be later.  Stay tuned to News 8 at 5pm for the latest.

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I am here at Lindbergh Field, but am in direct contact with passengers on Delta flight 1706.

One woman tells me they have been shuttled to an old hanger building where they had chairs and water waiting.  The FBI is interviewing each passenger individually.  Word has it they are about to order pizza. (That now confirmed, see below)

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Delta Air Lines flight from Detroit to San Diego has been diverted to Albuquerque, N.M. over what authorities are calling a "potential security threat."

Albuquerque International Sunport airport spokesman Daniel Jiron declined to say Sunday what the potential threat was, referring calls to the FBI. FBI spokesman Frank Fisher declined to clarify and said only that agents were investigating.

Jiron says the plane is in a "remote location" at the airport. The passengers, who were taken off the plane, are being interviewed.

He did not immediately know how many passengers are aboard.

The flight, Delta 1706, was diverted at 10 a.m.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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