United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty, II announced that U.S. Airways flight 787 from Paris, France to Charlotte, North Carolina was diverted to Bangor International Airport because of a security issue regarding a passenger and what was reported as an implanted device of some kind.
Upon arrival in Bangor, Lucie Zeeko Marigot, a 41-year-old French citizen and
native of Cameroon, was taken into custody by the Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI). An investigation
into charges of interference with the flight crew members and attendants
continued throughout the night and this morning by the FBI.
The original detention was based upon probable cause that she interfered with
the flight crew. She appeared in front of U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge
Margaret Kravchuk this afternoon.
United States Attorney Delahanty and Assistant United States Attorney James
McCarthy informed the court that based on further investigation, a criminal
complaint would not be filed against
her. Instead, she will be taken into custody by United States Customs and Border
Protection (CBP) to be returned to France.
United States Attorney Delahanty said that when the plane was over the
Atlantic Ocean, it was the correct decision to divert the flight to Bangor,
given the circumstances that were known at that time. Marigot had given a note
to a flight attendant along with a book authored by her that details her
personal story. Both the note and book were in French. The note sought help from
President and Mrs. Obama and the American people. The note stated that she was
“simply a victim of a group of doctors” and that she had “an object in her body
that is out of [her] control.” When the flight attendant asked whether the
object could hurt her or others, she replied that she did not know. An
examination by two doctors on board determined that she had no visible scars
indicating any kind of implant.
Upon arriving in Bangor, a search of the plane and baggage revealed no
explosives or dangerous items. The continuing investigation revealed that the
plane and its crew and passengers were never actually in danger at any time.
United States Attorney Delahanty praised the thorough investigation that was
conducted by the FBI, CBP, the
Transportation Security Administration, and the Bangor Police Department.
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