Yemen Mail Bomb Would Have Flown Over NY, Pa., NJ

01/10/2011 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

WASHINGTON — A mail bomb that was intercepted in England last month would have been in Canadian airspace when authorities say it was timed to detonate.

Data from Houston-based Flightaware show that UPS Flight 232 from the East Midlands to Philadelphia was about 160 miles northwest of Quebec City at 5:30 a.m. That's when British police say the bomb was set to blow up. The bomb had been pulled off the flight in England.

British officials said the bomb could have detonated over the U.S., but the Oct. 29 flight didn't enter U.S. airpsace until about 6 a.m. Flight 232 makes daily flights but not always along the same route. Had the plane taken its alternate route, straight across the Atlantic, it likely would have been over the U.S. when it blew up.

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