A bomb threat in the form of a note was found onboard United Airlines (UA) flight 174. The flight departed Denver, bound for San Francisco, and diverted for an emergency landing in Salt Lake City, Utah at approximately 10 AM. The aircraft is a Boeing 757. See updates below.
It is believed the note was found in the galley. Six crew and 193 passengers were aboard. The plane was evacuated and is sequestered away from the airport, luggage and passengers being rescreened. Bomb-sniffing dogs are on the scene.
Update 2-18-10 1:50 PM CDT:
TSA confirms there was a bomb threat note. All passengers are being questioned. The FBI isn’t saying much, but crew members found the note, notified the pilot, who believe it was “threatening enough” to divert to Salt Lake City. No details on what was in the note.
As of the early hours this morning, there is no information on the actual bomb threat note
United Flight 741 landed at its destination in San Francisco at 8 PM last night, 10 hours late. Here’s what the passengers has to say:
We were down in Salt Lake in like 12 minutes or something. It was real
fast,” Anne Fenner told KTVU.
Once on the ground, the passengers
told local media about some tense moments and what they knew about the
threat.”The landing and everything was a little different,” said
passenger Todd Roldbold. “It’s like they came in high speed and just hit
the brakes and put the wheels down.”
Their unplanned stop in Salt
Lake City was far from relaxing.”We were kept on the plane for
an hour and from there we were bussed to the immigration area, and held there for a couple of hours and interviewed,” passenger Bob
After searching the plane and rescreening everything
and everyone that was on it, TSA officials told KTVU they found nothing
out of the ordinary.
I was anxious, I’ll tell you that,” Rodbold said. “You have time to
think about it. The landing was a little different; the [plane] came in
high speed and hit the brakes. It was foggy. You couldn’t see anything,
so it was a little anxious at times.”
The report also says that the bomb threat was found in a food cart.