Bomb threat forces delay of United flight to San Francisco

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Denver International Airport tower

DENVER — Authorities at Denver International Airport investigated a bomb threat against a United Airlines flight bound for San Francisco Thursday morning. No bomb was found.

The jet was parked at Concourse B but passengers had not boarded it yet, so there was no evacuation required according to DIA spokeswoman Jenny Schiavone. “There were no passengers on board the aircraft at the time of the bomb threat,” Schiavone says. “No evacuations took place. There were no evacuations of the aircraft, concourse area or terminal.”

Operations at DIA were not disrupted.

Flight 869 was scheduled to leave Denver for San Francisco at 8:10 a.m. The FBI says a call came into the airport at 7:30 a.m. threatening the flight. The FBI, Denver Police, Denver Fire and United Airlines officials then took action to check out the validity of the threat.

The aircraft was towed away from the gate and isolated at a different part of the airport according to Denver Fire Department radio communications. Bomb-sniffing dogs checked out the aircraft and the results were negative.

United moved the passengers to another aircraft so they could continue their travel to San Francisco. That plane took off at 9:33 a.m. Schiavone says.