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Charlotte-bound flight lands in Maine over odd passenger behavior

GLENN ADAMS
Associated Press

AUGUSTA, ME (AP) — An official says US Airways Flight 787 from Paris to Charlotte has been diverted to Maine because a French passenger exhibited suspicious behavior.

The official briefed on the investigation says the woman is in custody and the flight has been cleared to continue. The woman is a French citizen who was born in Cameroon.

Another official says the passenger appeared to be mentally unstable and that she announced that she had a surgically implanted device. Both sources spoke on condition of anonymity because it involved sensitive law enforcement information.

A US Airways spokesman says the Boeing 767 with 179 passengers and nine crew members landed around noon Tuesday at Bangor International Airport.

Two F-15 fighters were scrambled to escort the jetliner to the ground.

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Associated Press writers Eileen Sullivan in Washington, Denise Lavoie in Boston and Clarke Canfield in Portland, ME, contributed to this report.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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