Plane diverted

DETROIT, NOV. 1. A Northwest Airlines passenger jet, escorted by two U.S. military fighter jets, was diverted to Detroit's metro airport today after the pilot reported a security problem aboard the aircraft. A spokesperson for the airline, Ms. Kathy Peach, said a passenger aboard Flight 191 - an airbus A320 with 78 people - headed for Minneapolis from Washington's Reagan national airport, discovered a note apparently tucked into an on-flight magazine suggesting a threat to the aircraft.

The pilot then informed flight controllers that he was diverting the flight to Detroit as a precautionary measure, Ms. Peach said. His call prompted the military to dispatch two F-16s to accompany the airbus on its approach to Detroit. The plane landed at 10:16 a.m. local time.

- Reuters

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