No problem found on flight diverted to Fargo, ND

AP News
Posted: Oct 17, 2010 6:38 PM
No problem found on flight diverted to Fargo, ND

A commuter jet was diverted to Fargo on Sunday after a member of the flight crew mistakenly thought a passenger had tampered with a fire-detection device in the lavatory.

Pinnacle Airlines Flight 4375 was headed to Grand Forks from Minneapolis when the pilot requested to land in Fargo about 10 a.m. CDT. Fargo Police Lt. Joel Vettel said the pilot decided to land after being notified of the crew member's suspicions.

The Bombardier CRJ200 jet was carrying 20 passengers and three crew members, Pinnacle spokeswoman Amy Howell said.

The jet was moved to a remote location at the Fargo airport, where passengers deplaned. A search for explosives onboard turned up nothing, Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Sarah Horowitz said.

No arrests were made. The FBI questioned a man who had used the lavatory most recently. Two people traveling with him also were interviewed.

The fire-detection device was inspected and found to be working properly, Vettel said.

The passengers, including the ones questioned, were bused the 75 miles to Grand Forks.