Jet diverted to Maine due to suspicious passenger

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BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A French woman accused of causing a US Airways flight to be diverted to Maine by claiming she had a surgically implanted device will soon be headed back home, officials said Wednesday.

U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty II told a federal magistrate judge that the evidence uncovered in a brief investigation didn’t support charging Lucie Zeeko Marigot, 41, with interfering with a flight crew.

Marigot, a French citizen who was born in Cameroon, was being turned over to Customs and Border Protection and will be sent home, Delahanty said.

Flight 787 was traveling from Paris to North Carolina when it was diverted Tuesday to Bangor International Airport. The Boeing 767 with 179 passengers and nine crew spent several hours in Bangor before continuing to Charlotte.

The investigation determined that Marigot, who speaks only French, gave a note to a flight attendant along with a book she had written.

Marigot said she had been wronged by a group of doctors and that she had something inside her that was “out of control,” Delahanty said. She also said she wanted medical help from President Barack Obama and the American people, he said.

Two doctors aboard the aircraft examined Marigot mid-flight and found no evidence of an incision or stitches, and the FBI later concluded that there was no danger to the plane or its passengers.

Marigot was never formally admitted into the country, and Customs and Border Protection will turn her over to US Airways to be returned to France, Delahanty said.