Exclusive Delta 273 Bomb Scare Details: 'Forgive Me, I F---ed Up, I'm Sorry'

U.S. officials say they found no bomb on the Delta flight from Paris that was diverted to Bangor, Maine Tuesday after a passenger created a disturbance. Officials identified the passenger as Derek Stansberry of Apollo, Florida.

Stansberry's father, Richard, told ABC News his son is a former Air Force reservist. The elder Stansberry said he was notified late Tuesday by authorities that his son was involved in the incident.

"He's not a terrorist," said the elder Stansberry of his son. "I just found out and I am in total shock," he said.

Stansberry remains in the custody of the FBI.

Officials said an inspection of the aircraft after it landed found no evidence of explosives, as Stansberry reportedly boasted during the flight.

VIDEO: Delta flight was diverted after Derek Stansberry, 26, claimed he had a bomb.
Flight Scare: Air Force Veteran in Custody

Officials said Stansberry also boasted of having a fake passport, which they say also turned out not to be true.

Delta Flight 273 was heading for Atlanta when Stansberry reportedly made the comments that led two federal air marshals to take him into custody.

According to law enforcement sources, the incident began when Stansberry passed a note to a flight attendant that read, "Forgive me, I f---ed up, I'm sorry."

The flight attendant brought the note up to the flight deck.

One of the two teams of two federal air marshals aboard broke cover and approached Stansberry. Stansberry told the FAMs in a mutter that he had explosives in his bag.

The FAMs then subdued Stansberry. He told them he had taken a valium and a sleeping pill before the flight.

The officials said the marshals placed Stansberry's backpack and shoes in the rear of the plane and packed other luggage and blankets around them as part of a measure to minimize the potential damage from an explosion.

One official said the marshals "literally sat on the guy's chest" as the flight landed in Bangor.

Click Here for the Blotter Homepage.

-- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 10490282. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 10490282. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 10490282. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 10490282. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 10490282. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 10490282.
Join the Discussion
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
You Might Also Like...
See It, Share It
PHOTO: Gisele Bundchen walks the runway during Sao Paulo Fashion Week Winter 2015 on Nov. 4, 2014 in Sao Paulo.
Studio Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images
PHOTO: A Seattle Seahawks fan cheers in the second quarter during Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz.
Christian Petersen/Getty Images
PHOTO: Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady attend the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City.
Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images
PHOTO: From left, Tom Brady in Foxborough, Mass., Jan. 18, 2015 and Russell Wilson in Seattle, Wash., Jan. 18, 2015.
Matt Slocum/AP Photo | Ted S. Warren/AP Photo