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United Flight Lands After Sabotage Threat

December 31, 1986

CLEVELAND (AP) _ A United Airlines DC-10 made an emergency landing today at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport because the pilot feared a passenger may have planned to sabotage the flight, officials said.

United Flight 51 with 192 passengers aboard left Washington’s Dulles International Airport at 8:50 a.m. bound for Los Angeles and landed at Hopkins at 10:38 a.m.

″There was a distraught female passenger aboard,″ said United spokesman Thomas Germuska in Chicago. ″Her male traveling companion made some comments which were determined as a potential sabotage threat. The captain elected to divert to Cleveland.

″I have no detailed information on the nature of the conversations nor what the specific comments were.″

The passengers left the aircraft after a safe landing and all luggage was unloaded. A search was conducted of the luggage and the aircraft, Germuska said.

The flight, which was originally scheduled to land in Los Angeles at 11:05 a.m. PST, finally departed Cleveland at 12:45 p.m. EST.

A woman passenger was reported taken into custody, but it was not immediately clear why she was being held or if she was in the custody of federal aviation officials or city police.