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Suspicious item sends Detroit plane to Tenn.

ORLANDO, Fla. —An Orlando, Fla.-bound Northwest Airlines flight from Detroit was diverted to Nashville, Tenn., on Friday morning after a suspicious item was discovered aboard the plane. The item: a Christmas ornament.

"A suspicious item was found, and out of an abundance of caution, the pilot decided to divert to Nashville," said Delta Air Lines spokesman Carlos Santos, whose company recently acquired Northwest. "Fortunately it turned out to be a harmless article."

The flight landed in Nashville, and passengers got off the plane before the item was identified as a harmless ornament, Santos said.

Santos could not say Friday what exactly led to the "abundance of caution." He did not describe what the ornament looked like or whether it was returned to a passenger.

"I have not seen it," he said.

Northwest Flight 2364 had 75 passengers and five crew members.

Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Ann Davis said the flight was diverted and its passengers screened on the ground. "Ultimately, the item proved innocuous," Davis said.

Davis could not describe the item or give the reason the decision was made to divert the flight.

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