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Plane Diverted After 'Suspicious Wire' Found

April 01, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

An America West flight was diverted to Wichita and grounded overnight because of "suspicious wire" on a bathroom floor that officials later learned came off a toilet paper holder, an airport spokeswoman said.

The plane was heading from Washington to Phoenix on Saturday when an air marshal found the wire in the bathroom underneath an opened compartment that holds carbon dioxide, spokeswoman Latricia Harper said.

The flight was diverted to Wichita Mid-Continent Airport and its 130 passengers were evacuated, Harper said.

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