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Plane Diverted by ‘Security Issue’ Lands at San Francisco’s SFO Airport

Written by George KellyPublished Nov. 14, 2023 • 7:06am
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A United Airlines plane made an unscheduled landing Monday night at San Francisco International Airport. | Source: Yichuan Cao/NurPhoto via Getty Images

A Vancouver-bound United Airlines flight out of Los Angeles made an unscheduled landing Monday night at San Francisco International Airport.

According to an AirNav RadarBox flight data post, United Airlines Flight 1909 departed Los Angeles shortly after 7:15 p.m., as scheduled, for a three-hour flight north to Vancouver and was about 125 miles north of Sacramento when its flight crew transmitted a general emergency code.

The plane then landed at SFO at 9:23 p.m., where social media posts by concerned observers and, in one case, an alleged passenger, describe reports of a bomb threat sent by an iPhone's AirDrop Bluetooth-messaging ability.

On Tuesday, United Airlines told The Standard that its Flight 1909 "diverted to San Francisco last night due to a potential security issue on board." After landing safely, the flight "was met by local law enforcement and is now scheduled to depart this morning at 7 a.m. local time."

When contacted for comment, the Federal Bureau of Investigation's San Francisco field office said, "There was a threat that was ultimately deemed noncredible."

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