United Airlines flight diverted due to ‘threatening message’

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia – A United Airlines passenger plane was forced to land midflight early Saturday due to what an airline spokesman called a “threatening message from one of the passengers.”

Flight 1104 departed 11:39 p.m. Friday (4:39 a.m. ET Saturday) from Anchorage, Alaska, destined for Denver, according to United’s website. But “the crew elected” to cut the journey short after finding the message, United spokesman Charlie Hobart said.

Hobart did not characterize the nature or form of the threat.

The Boeing 737 plane landed safely Saturday morning in Vancouver, British Columbia, where it was met by Canadian authorities. The aircraft had 131 passengers and six crew members on board.

The airline is working to get those passengers back in the air so they can get to Colorado, Hobart said.

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