Threat diverts United Express flight to Phoenix

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Associated Press

Posted on November 1, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 7:02 AM

PHOENIX (AP) — A United Express flight from San Francisco to San Antonio has been diverted to Phoenix because of a reported threat.

Officials at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport say Flight 5573 landed at 4:45 p.m. Thursday and the 25 to 30 passengers aboard the regional jet were evacuated.

The nature of the threat wasn't immediately clear, but airport officials say a Phoenix Police Department bomb squad was called out to search the plane.

They say authorities were searching through luggage after passengers were bused to a waiting area in a terminal.

Sky Harbor officials say the plane has been isolated on the northwest side of airport and the incident isn't causing any flight delays.

United Express is the brand name for several regional airlines that operate shorter flights for United Airlines.

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