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updated: 5/31/2013 1:17 PM

Bullet on floor delays Portland-Chicago flight

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- A flight attendant found a .22-caliber bullet on the floor Friday as passengers were boarding a Southwest Airlines plane headed from Portland to Chicago, delaying the flight nearly two hours.

A Port of Portland spokesman, Steve Johnson, says passengers were taken off the plane to be re-screened, and the plane was searched. He says all were cleared for the flight to take off. The port operates the Portland International Airport.

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Johnson says the port is still looking into how the bullet got on the aircraft. A report from the port police agency said it was found near the front of the plane.

The bullet was found at about 6:15 a.m. on a flight with a scheduled 6:30 takeoff. The airline's website says it departed at 8:14 a.m.

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