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A Northwest Airlines DC-10 landed safely Saturday despite a bomb threat that prompted more than three-quarters of the passengers to cancel their reservations on the flight from Paris.

"We landed on the runway, then we taxied out at least a quarter of a mile, then we were bused to the terminal," said Northwest spokesman Kevin Whalen, who was on the flight."No one on board was forced to work this flight," Whalen said of the crew. "I slept. Most passengers enjoyed a lot of personal attention.."

Only 22 passengers and nine crew members were on board Flight 51, Whalen said. The plane left Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris earlier Saturday and landed at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus shortly before 5 p.m. EST, a spokesman said.

The plane's departure was delayed two hours by fog and intensive security checks.

Some of the 105 passengers who canceled said in Paris that Northwest should have informed them earlier of the threat. A telephone caller said the flight would be targeted to avenge the life sentences given two Palestinians convicted in a series of European bombings, including an attack on a Northwest Airlines office.

"They've had my telephone number since yesterday morning and nobody had called me with any information of any kind," said Ken Reichenbach of Portsmouth, Va. "What I've learned, I've learned from third-hand information."

Northwest said passengers could change to other flights or airlines with no penalty, and most accepted the offer.

Security officers inspected every piece of hand luggage before the passengers boarded, causing a brief delay from the scheduled 12:40 p.m. departure. Heavy fog pushed the flight back further. All carry-on luggage was searched by hand.