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San Diego-bound flight diverted to Denver due to 'buzzing' sound

Posted at 10:03 PM, Sep 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-15 11:11:33-04

SAN DIEGO -- A San Diego-bound passenger flight from New Jersey that was diverted to Denver Wednesday night due to a security concern arrived safely at Lindbergh Field in the early morning hours Thursday. 

United Flight 1243 from Newark to San Diego was forced to land in Denver at around 9 p.m. Pacific time after several passengers reported a strange buzzing sound coming from one of the seats. 

"It was like an alarm, like a buzzing alarm, like an oven alarm," said Phyllis Jones, who was seated a few rows up from where the sound was emanating from. 

"I was woken up by the noise, I was actually sleeping," Jones said. "It happened about two hours into the flight."

Passengers were bussed to a terminal at Denver International Airport while the FBI and a local police bomb squad searched the plane, but found nothing suspicious. Just after 10 p.m. Pacific time, the Denver International Airport tweeted out that "everything is safe."

Passengers reboarded and Flight 1243 departed Denver at about 11 p.m. Pacific time. It arrived at Lindbergh Field at 1:13 a.m. 

“Certainly a word you do not want to hear is 'suspicious device,'" one passenger told 10News upon arriving in San Diego. "And the first thing you think of, of course, is something dangerous, like a bomb or something like that. Thank God it turned out it was really nothing, and everyone turned out OK."

There was no immediate word from authorities regarding the nature of the device that caused the buzzing sound.