Delta Air Traces flight diverted to New Mexico after passenger tries to breach cockpit By Reuters
By Steve Gorman and Brendan O’Brien
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A recalcitrant passenger who tried to break into the cockpit of a Delta Air Lines (NYSE 🙂 flight to Tennessee from California was suppressed by cabin crew and other passengers when the plane was diverted to New Mexico, said officials.
Delta Flight 386 from Los Angeles to Nashville arrived at Albuquerque International Sunport around 2:20 p.m. local time, where authorities removed the passenger from the plane and took him into custody, an airport spokesman said.
Delta said the Boeing (NYSE 🙂 737-900 had 162 passengers and six crew members on board.
The Albuquerque Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Twitter that it had responded to the incident and that “there is no threat to the public at this time”. The FBI did not provide any further information.
The airline and law enforcement did not say if the person was armed, if they were under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or what could have triggered their outbreak.
No one was injured in the incident and the flight resumed its journey to Nashville after the diversion, the airport spokesman said.
Los Angeles-based CBS News subsidiary KCBS-TV released a cell phone video taped by multiple passengers showing a man lying on his stomach in the aisle of the plane shouting “stop this plane” repeatedly while being held.
A flight attendant and passengers tied his hands and feet with yellow cord and then carried him to the tail of the aircraft, where he was placed face down on a seat, the video clips showed.
“Thanks to the crew and passengers on Delta Flight 386 … who helped hold an unruly passenger when the flight was diverted to Albuquerque,” Delta said in a statement, adding that the plane landed without incident and the passenger was removed by law enforcement agencies.
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