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Note Claiming Bomb On Plane Forces Emergency Evacuation

Sun., Aug. 3, 1997

Passengers aboard a Delta Air Lines jet were detained for more than an hour Saturday after a note containing a bomb threat was found on board.

Four people received minor injuries during the emergency evacuation of the Delta MD-90 on a remote runway, Delta spokesman Kip Smith said.

Flight 858 from Phoenix was about to land at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport when a passenger found a note in a magazine at 12:07 p.m., said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Roland Herwig said.

Dana Keeton, one of 124 passengers aboard, described the scare she and her fellow travelers experienced.

“There was a five-page note in a magazine,” Keeton said. “And it started off with ‘You’re going to die on this flight.”’

The plane landed and was taken to a remote part of the airport, where passengers slid down emergency slides and were taken away by shuttle bus. Airport security officers aided by dogs searched the plane and baggage but no bomb was found.


 
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