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United Airlines 923 (Heathrow - Dulles) Diverted

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A United Airlines 767 (Flt. 923) en route from London Heathrow to Washington Dulles has declared an emergency and diverted to Boston after a "Dangerous Situation" aboard. They are unloading on the runway and firefighters have gone aboard. TV in Boston is reporting that there was a "confrontation" between 3 pax. and crew members. The 3 pax were reported to have "objects" in their luggage. It is said that there is a woman tied up on the plane. Passengers are only deplaning through the front left door.

A note was found on board referencing Al-Qaeda, along with vasaline, matches, and a screwdriver.

The plane was given a fighter jet escort, and the police have now brought out a bomb-sniffing dog.



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London-Washington flight diverted after disruption

Items confiscated from passengers at Gatwick Airport

By Jason Szep

BOSTON (Reuters) - A Washington-bound United Airlines flight from London made an emergency landing in Boston on Wednesday after a confrontation with a woman suffering from claustrophobia, but there was no apparent terrorist threat, police and security officials said.

Flight 923, carrying 182 passengers and 12 crew, was escorted by fighter jets to Boston where it landed without incident, said U.S. Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Amy Von Walter said. Police said they arrested one person but declined to say who it was.

"There was an altercation with at least one female passenger," a United Airlines spokeswoman said. A federal law enforcement official said the woman had an anxiety attack.

"There are no known links to terrorism regarding this event at this time," said Christopher White, a Transportation Security Administration spokesman.

Nenette Day, a spokeswoman with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Boston, said the 60-year-old woman was apparently claustrophobic and became disruptive on the flight.

"This isn't just an 'I want another drink kind of thing,' it was a disruption that caused them to divert the plane," Day said.

Air passengers have been subjected to heightened security since authorities said last Thursday they had foiled a plot to blow up planes from London to the United States. Police made two dozen arrests.

"There was a supposed confrontation on board. There may have been a banned item on board and they are now searching the luggage," said Phil Orlandella, a spokesman at Boston's Logan International Airport.

Live television broadcasts showed airport rescue workers surrounding the plane while dogs sniffed for explosives in luggage laid out in lines on the ground. At least half a dozen police vans were on the tarmac.

(Additional reporting by Svea Herbst Bayliss and Scott Malone in Boston and Deborah Charles in Washington and Kyle Peterson)


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