Passengers evacuated from plane at Denver airport after suspicious note found on board

Tuesday, February 5th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

DENVER (AP) _ A Delta Air Lines flight bound for Salt Lake City was forced to return to Denver International Airport about an hour after takeoff because a suspicious note was discovered on board.

Delta spokeswoman Catherine Stengel would not give details about the note.

``The pilot returned to Denver as a precautionary measure,'' she said.

Passengers aboard Flight 1642 on Monday night said the pilot announced that a note containing a bomb threat had been found.

``If it was a huge enough threat to turn around, I thought it could be real,'' said passenger Edie Ferguson. ``I was pretty nervous at that point.''

When the plane landed, passengers were taken to the terminal and re-screened, and authorities searched the aircraft. The flight was canceled and another was planned for Tuesday morning.

The Boeing 737-800 had 56 passengers and six crew members who were headed to Salt Lake, the site of the Winter Olympics.