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Eleven Injured In Emergency Landing Of Plane

February 12, 1987

ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) _ A Boeing 747 made a forced landing at Detroit Metropolitan Airport because of a bomb threat, and least 11 people were injured evacuating the jet, authorities said.

Five people were hospitalized and six were treated at the scene for minor injuries after one of the chutes aboard the plane malfuctioned Wednesday night, said Wayne County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Nancy Mouradian.

United Airlines Flight 108 carrying 232 passengers landed after officials at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport received a telephone threat of a bomb aboard the Chicago-Newark flight. The caller said the bomb would go off in 30 minutes, said Sgt. William Messinger.

″They set the plane down here, and the emergency chutes were deployed so the people could be deplaned. Apparently, the chutes malfunctioned and some people were injured,″ the sergeant said.

United spokesman Joe Hopkins said investigators were trying to determine why one chute malfunctioned. He said all the plane’s chutes would be replaced once the investigation is complete.

Messinger said technicians and dogs trained to sniff out explosives searched the plane but found no evidence of a bomb.

Uninjured passengers were put on another flight several hours later, the sergeant said.

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