United Flight to Denver Diverts to Vancouver; Suspect Held

  • Police take person into custody after threatening message
  • Vancouver airport operations aren't affected by incident

A United Airlines flight bound for Denver was diverted to Vancouver early Saturday morning after a threatening message was received.

United Flight 1104 from Anchorage, Alaska, landed safely in Canada’s third-biggest city at 4:16 a.m. local time, the Vancouver Airport Authority said in a statement posted on its website. Royal Canadian Mounted Police took a suspect into custody, according to a Twitter message from the RCMP in Richmond, British Columbia. A spokesman for the RCMP, Corporal Dennis Hwang, didn’t immediately return a voicemail message seeking comment on Saturday.

“The crew elected to divert to Vancouver as the nearest available airport,” Charlie Hobart, a spokesman for United Continental Holdings Inc. in Chicago, said in a telephone interview. The decision was made after a “threatening message” was received, he said, referring questions on the nature of the threat to the RCMP.

Flight operations at Vancouver airport are unaffected, the authority said.

United is “working to re-accommodate the customers as soon as we’re able to do so,” Hobart said.

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