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Pilot lands early for bomb search

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published December 6, 2000


The captain of a US Airways flight from Tampa International Airport to Philadelphia diverted to Charlotte on Monday after a passenger, upset about his seating arrangements, muttered something about a bomb.

Flight 380, with 124 passengers aboard, sat on the ground at Charlotte for about 90 minutes while it was searched for a bomb, but none was found, according to David Castleveter, a spokesman at US Airways corporate headquarters in Virginia.

"There were some security concerns for our crew," Castleveter said. "The FBI met the aircraft and detained the individual. He was traveling with two other passengers. They could have remained on board and flown on with us, but they chose not to."

The FBI is withholding the name of the passenger, although he has been released while an investigation of the incident continues.

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