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Officials probe potential threat on Delta flight

A Delta Air Lines flight that landed at a Denver airport was directed to a remote airport taxiway after an unspecified “potential security threat” onboard and passengers were ushered off the plane and were being interviewed by authorities, officials said.

Delta Air Lines flight 1500, a Boeing 737 with 151 passengers and six crew members on board, landed roughly on time at Denver International Airport from Detroit Metropolitan Airport at about 4:40 p.m. Mountain Time (2240 GMT), airline spokesman Russell Cason said.

The passengers were quickly sent off the plane without their luggage and were bused to a separate part of the airport where they were being interviewed by FBI officials. There were no reports of injury.

Flight 1500 had a “potential security threat onboard the aircraft,” Denver airport spokeswoman Julie Smith said, adding that all other airport operations were normal.

A local ABC News affiliate reported that a flight attendant found a note with a bomb threat. An FBI spokesman in Denver said he could not confirm that report and that authorities were investigating the “security concern” by screening passengers, luggage, and the plane.

Passenger Aaron Baratz told the Denver Post he and others were not allowed to open overhead luggage compartments to retrieve bags.

Tone Sevy, another passenger, posted a photograph on Twitter showing more than a dozen passengers returning to the idled jet on an empty stretch of runway to gather belongings. He said that police with a dog was checking travelers, the buses, and the plane.

“Getting personal stuff off plane almost 2 hours later,” Sevy tweeted. “Happy we are all safe.”

(Additional reporting and writing by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Editing by Eric Walsh)