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January 12, 2006
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Diverted flight searched for bomb in Salt Lake City

Associated Press Writer

SALT LAKE CITY- A woman scuffled with flight attendants and another passenger on a United Express flight Wednesday, then claimed a bomb was on board after the plane was diverted, authorities said.

No bomb was found aboard the aircraft, which left Eugene, Ore., for Denver but was diverted to Salt Lake City, authorities said. The woman was charged with interference with a flight crew.

Bogdana Georgieva, 35, threw a passenger into the aisle, began yelling, tried to remove her shirt and threw items at other passengers, court documents said.

The pilot diverted the plane to Salt Lake City. During the landing, Georgieva ran toward the cockpit and was stopped by flight attendants, with whom she got in another scuffle, documents said. Passengers subdued her.

After the plane landed, Georgieva tried to run from police and said there was a bomb on the aircraft, documents said.

The plane was evacuated and checked for explosives. Passengers were allowed back, and the flight continued to Denver, said FBI agent Patrick J. Kiernan.

Georgieva, 35, of Bulgaria was sent to a Salt Lake City hospital for evaluation. She is to appear in court Thursday. If convicted, she could face 20 years in prison.

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