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FBI finds no threat to plane diverted to Salt Lake

A United Airlines plane is searched and its luggage is removed at Salt Lake City International Airport. The plane, which was on its way from Denver to San Francisco, had a bomb threat written on a note and had to make an emergency landing in Salt Lake Cit
A United Airlines plane is searched and its luggage is removed at Salt Lake City International Airport. The plane, which was on its way from Denver to San Francisco, had a bomb threat written on a note and had to make an emergency landing in Salt Lake City.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — The FBI says it has found nothing to indicate that a threatening note discovered on a United Airlines flight Thursday posed any danger to the plane or those onboard.

"After a thorough investigation was conducted in Denver and Salt Lake City, it was determined that no actual threat to the flight existed," said Dave Joly, spokesman for the FBI's Denver division.

United Flight 741 was en route Thursday morning from Denver to San Francisco when a flight attendant found the written threat in the food preparation area at the front of the plane. The flight attendant took the note to the captain, who contacted air traffic controllers at Salt Lake City International Airport for permission to land.

Passenger Bob Winski, a Civil Air Patrol pilot from Durango, Colo., said the plane was on the ground 12 minutes after the threat was announced.

"We were getting down (to the ground) in a hurry," he said. "That was a descent."

Robin Urbanski, a spokeswoman for United, expressed frustration Friday that the incident was being reported as a bomb threat, based on her understanding of what the note said.

"I can't tell you what was in the note, all I can say is it did not have that word (bomb) in there," she said. "It did not have that word in there, did not have the words 'explosive device' in there."

Passengers told the media that the captain used the intercom during the flight to announce that he had received a "credible bomb threat." Airport officials and the FBI in Salt Lake also said the plane was being diverted because of an alleged bomb threat.

Authorities have not released the contents of the note.

— Geoff Liesik