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Paris-to-US Flight Diverted, 2 Men Detained


An Air France flight from Paris to Washington was diverted to the northern U.S. state of Maine late Saturday after at least one of the passengers was found to have the same name as someone on a U.S. government "no-fly" list of suspected terrorists.

Authorities detained two passengers who were traveling together. Afterward, the Air France jet Flight 026 was allowed to continue its flight to Washington, where it landed two hours late.

Witnesses say security officers boarded the Boeing 777 plane in Maine and peacefully escorted the two men off the craft. There is no information about their identity.

The U.S. "no-fly" watch list was established as a security measure following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States three years ago, which were carried out by 19 air hijackers.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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