Plane escorted by military jets to Denver airport

Monday, November 12, 2001

DENVER (AP) -- A United Airlines plane with 90 people aboard was escorted by military jets to Denver International Airport, where it landed without incident Monday morning.

The Federal Aviation Administration ordered the escort after Flight 1145 failed to respond to an inquiry, United Airlines spokesman Chris Braithwaite said.

The escort came after an American Airlines jet carrying 255 people crashed in New York. The plane, en route to the Dominican Republic, went down minutes after taking off from Kennedy Airport Monday morning.

"Following the accident in New York City this morning, we put a call into our flights. The crew from that flight did not immediately respond," Braithwaite said. "(But) We quickly realized it was nothing to be alarmed with."

Airport spokeswoman Sally Covington said the plane, which was flying from Minneapolis, was deemed secure when it landed at 8:50 a.m. Other flights were not affected by the incident, she said.

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