Explosives left on flight by mistakeApril 29, 1997
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DALLAS (CNN) -- Security forces on a training mission apparently left a one-pound block of highly explosive material on an American Airlines plane Tuesday. The plane took off from San Juan, Puerto Rico, and arrived safely at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport.
Authorities say there was no danger because the explosives -- known as C-4 -- didn't have a detonator.
"Without a detonator, it's play dough, it really is," said Al Comeaux with American Airlines.
He said the airline regularly lets a Puerto Rican security unit use its planes for practice training dogs to find explosives.
Both Comeaux and John Klabes, with the Federal Aviation Administration, said one of the security officers accidently left the package on board when he was called away to a real bomb threat and didn't realize his mistake until the DC-10 had taken off.
The airline captain took possession of the package.
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