Qatari diplomat who caused disturbance on Denver plane - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Qatari diplomat who caused disturbance on Denver plane may not face charges

DENVER, Colo.- The furor touched off by a Middle Eastern diplomat apparently trying to sneak a smoke on an airliner appears to have gone mostly unnoticed by those not directly affected. The diplomat's action sparked a bomb scare Wednesday night on a flight from Washington to Denver, with fighter jets scrambled and law enforcement on high alert.  

But no explosives were found, and officials say they do not believe the diplomat from Qatar (GUH'-tur) was trying to harm anyone. He had apparently joked about the smell of smoke, saying he was trying to light his shoes. Hours after the plane landed investigators were still interviewing the suspect. Qatar is a country just northeast of Saudi Arabia.  

Inside the terminal, passengers from other flights went about their business, apparently unaware of any emergency. The airport remained open and spokesman Jeff Green said no flights were delayed or canceled. Here's a quote from one passenger aboard during the incident: "We came in very low and very fast. It appeared we had an expedited landing. We landed on 35 right, and we pulled up at the fire rescue station right off of 35 right. And then the pilot shut down the engines and just said that we wouldn't be going to the gate right away. And then they brought out all the fire trucks. And then we just sat there for a while. We've been on the ground for more than an hour and a quarter now."  

At this point it's not clear what charges the suspect will face, but he is set to appear in court Thursday morning. Authorities say the suspect is a Qatari diplomat, which could complicate charges against him. Foreign diplomats, as well as U.S. diplomats in other countries, have broad immunity from prosecution in the country they visit. That means that U.S. prosecutors will have to ask Qatar for permission to charge the suspect and the country could decline. If that happens, the suspect will likely be immediately deported and banned from ever again entering the U.S.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • 3 Spokane Valley children killed in Alberta crash

    3 Spokane Valley children killed in Alberta crash

    Friday, August 18 2017 4:49 PM EDT2017-08-18 20:49:08 GMT

    HANNA, Alberta - Three Spokane Valley children were killed in a car crash in Alberta earlier this week.  RCMP in Hanna, Alberta responded to the crash on Wednesday evening near the intersection of Highway 36 and 570. Investigation shows an SUV traveling westbound on Highway 570 collided with a semi-truck traveling south on Highway 36. The driver and the adult passenger of the SUV were taken to a Calgary hospital. 

    >>

    HANNA, Alberta - Three Spokane Valley children were killed in a car crash in Alberta earlier this week.  RCMP in Hanna, Alberta responded to the crash on Wednesday evening near the intersection of Highway 36 and 570. Investigation shows an SUV traveling westbound on Highway 570 collided with a semi-truck traveling south on Highway 36. The driver and the adult passenger of the SUV were taken to a Calgary hospital. 

    >>
  • How to get free eclipse glasses

    How to get free eclipse glasses

    Friday, August 18 2017 9:43 PM EDT2017-08-19 01:43:18 GMT

    ATHOL, Idaho - With the total solar eclipse just days away, many people are scrambling to find a pair of glasses to safely watch the once-in-a-lifetime event. But the hot commodity is almost nowhere to be found in the Inland Northwest, except at Silverwood Theme Park. Silverwood has 3,000 pairs of glasses. The first 200 people in the park get a free pair, the remaining 2,800 will be sold for $6 each. Glasses are only given to people who buy an admission ticket. 

    >>

    ATHOL, Idaho - With the total solar eclipse just days away, many people are scrambling to find a pair of glasses to safely watch the once-in-a-lifetime event. But the hot commodity is almost nowhere to be found in the Inland Northwest, except at Silverwood Theme Park. Silverwood has 3,000 pairs of glasses. The first 200 people in the park get a free pair, the remaining 2,800 will be sold for $6 each. Glasses are only given to people who buy an admission ticket. 

    >>
  • Coeur d'Alene Police shut down neighborhood problem house

    Coeur d'Alene Police shut down neighborhood problem house

    Friday, August 18 2017 9:10 PM EDT2017-08-19 01:10:16 GMT
    Coeur d'Alene Police shut down neighborhood problem houseCoeur d'Alene Police shut down neighborhood problem house

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Members of the Coeur d'Alene Police Department's Community Action Team served a search warrant Friday to a residence located on East Foster Avenue after receiving complaints from neighbors about suspected drug use, drug sales, thefts in the area, suspicious people, and constant stop-and-go traffic.  Law enforcement arrested the man living at the home for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

    >>

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Members of the Coeur d'Alene Police Department's Community Action Team served a search warrant Friday to a residence located on East Foster Avenue after receiving complaints from neighbors about suspected drug use, drug sales, thefts in the area, suspicious people, and constant stop-and-go traffic.  Law enforcement arrested the man living at the home for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/