America West flight diverted


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Jan 11, 2002
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WICHITA, Kan. -- An America West flight was diverted to Wichita and grounded overnight because of "suspicious wire" on a bathroom floor that officials later learned came off a toilet paper holder, an airport spokeswoman said today.

The plane was heading from Washington to Phoenix on Saturday when an air marshal found the wire in the bathroom underneath a compartment that holds carbon dioxide, spokeswoman Latricia Harper said. The door to the compartment was open.

"The placement of it and the appearance of it was enough to give the air marshal some suspicion to check it out further," she said.

The flight was diverted to Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, where it landed at 6:45 p.m. and its 130 passengers were evacuated, Harper said.

Wichita Police bomb squad and the Explosive Ordinance Division from McConnell Air Force Base inspected the plane but found nothing but the original wire, Harper said.