F-15s scrambled, United flight to Geneva diverted to Boston over unclaimed camera

United Airlines Flight 956 taxis on the runway after being diverted to Boston's Logan International Airport, Aug. 1, 2012. WBZ

(CBS/AP) BOSTON - Massachusetts state police say an unclaimed camera that led the crew of a United Airlines international flight to divert to Boston has been X-rayed and found to be safe.

State police spokesman David Procopio said at about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday that the passengers were taken off the plane during an inspection by bomb technicians at a remote area of Logan International Airport. He said the flight was resuming.

United spokesman Rahsaan Johnson said the crew decided to divert Flight 956, en route from Newark, N.J., to Geneva, Switzerland, after flight attendants found the camera in an unoccupied seat. Johnson said the Boeing 767 has 157 passengers and 11 crew members.

The Transportation Security Administration said the plane was diverted "out of an abundance of caution" and its officers also responded.

Capt. Ruth Castro, a spokesperson for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) confirmed to CBS News that two F-15 fighter jets were scrambled to intercept the flight at about 9:00 p.m. Eastern, shortly after it departed from Newark.

"The fighters were scrambled, then intercepted and shadowed the aircraft" before it landed safely at Logan, said Castro.

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