Denver-bound flight diverted after ‘threatening message’ found
VANCOUVER, Canada — Canadian authorities detained a suspect Saturday morning after a Denver-bound United Airlines flight was diverted due to a “threatening message” found on board.
Flight 1104 departed early Saturday from Anchorage, Alaska, bound for Denver, according to United’s website. But “the crew elected to divert the flight after they discovered a threatening message from one of the passengers,” United spokesman Charlie Hobart told CNN.
Hobart did not characterize the nature or form of the threat.
The plane landed at Vancouver International Airport, and authorities have “a suspect in custody,” the Royal Canadian Mounted Police office in Richmond, British Columbia, said on Twitter.
Aboard the Boeing 737 were 131 passengers and six crew members.
United Airlines subsequently worked to get those passengers back in the air so they could get to Colorado, the airline spokesman said.
The Mounted Police tweet added that the incident wasn’t affecting operations at Vancouver’s airport on Saturday morning, a fact seconded by the airport itself.
CNN’s Carma Hassan contributed to this report.