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Hoax Bomb Threat Forces Northwest Flight Back to Ground

September 1, 1988

ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) _ A bomb threat that forced a Northwest Airlines jet carrying 255 people to return to Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Thursday was a hoax, officials said.

The threat was phoned into the airline’s reservation center at the airport and relayed to the control tower, Nancy Mouradian of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department said.

Flight 333, bound for Los Angeles, landed at 10:25 a.m. and was searched, she said. Passengers on the DC-10 got off, the plane was moved to an inactive runway and searched.

No one was injured.

Mouradian said she didn’t know who made the threat or how much time elapsed between the flight’s takeoff and return.

A spokesman for the airline said all information was being withheld.

Mouradian said the plane had been cleared to return to service later Thursday.

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