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"Threatening Note" Diverts Plane Departing Detroit

DETROIT (WWJ) - An airport spokesman said a Delta Air Lines flight from Detroit to San Diego was diverted to Albuquerque, New Mexico on Saturday morning after authorities investigated a "potential security threat.''

A friend of three of the passengers on Flight 1706 told WWJ that the plane was evacuated after a threatening note was found in the bathroom.

Delta Flight 1706 passenger Tim Cole described what the captain told passengers before the plane was diverted.

"The first time the captain came on, he said that there was a threat. The next time he came on to give us more details he said that there had been a note left in one of the lavatories," he said.

The FBI interviewed some of the passengers who were taken off the plane.

Albuquerque International Sunport airport spokesman Daniel Jiron said the plane was held in a "remote location'' at the airport before it was cleared for takeoff again.

Jiron said the 107 passengers aboard the flight were interviewed, as was the crew.

An FBI spokesman says authorities found "no suspicious devices" on the plane, but declined to clarify the nature of the threat.

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

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