An American Airways flight from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., made a fast emergency touchdown in Kansas Metropolis, Mo., on Sunday afternoon after an unruly passenger tried to interrupt into the cockpit after which tried to open an exit door, witnesses mentioned.
The passenger was subdued by crew members and different passengers. He was taken into custody after the flight landed.
In an announcement, American Airways mentioned the flight, American Airways Flight 1775, landed safely in Kansas Metropolis, the place legislation enforcement officers met the aircraft.
The crew members “dealt with the circumstances with the utmost talent and professionalism,” the assertion mentioned.
The airline didn’t reply to questions in regards to the passenger’s actions. Stacy Day, a spokeswoman for the airline, mentioned that the passenger was “finally subdued by our crew and with the assistance of different passengers.”
Mouaz Moustafa, a passenger from Washington, described a chaotic scene because the aircraft began descending into Kansas Metropolis with out warning after the wrestle with the passenger.
He mentioned the person tried to get into the cockpit after which tried to exit through the principle door earlier than he was held down by a number of passengers.
“A flight attendant ran to the again of the aircraft and obtained the espresso pot and continues to bash the man on the top,” Mr. Moustafa mentioned in an interview because the aircraft was being held on the tarmac. The person was “bleeding profusely,” he added.
“I truthfully thought at the moment I’d die,” he mentioned.
As Mr. Moustafa, 37, was being interviewed by telephone from his seat, the pilot got here by and talked to the passengers about how the person had tried and did not open the cockpit door.
Karen Maria Alston, who lives in Washington, mentioned she was sitting within the seventeenth row of the aircraft watching the film “Dune” when she noticed some males rush into the first-class part, the place an altercation was occurring. She was not capable of see what was occurring, she mentioned, however the commotion and ensuing aircraft descent had been scary and “extraordinarily annoying.”
“I want a drink and I’m so grateful,” Ms. Alston mentioned in a textual content message after the aircraft landed in Kansas Metropolis.
She mentioned that passengers waited on the aircraft because the Federal Bureau of Investigation performed interviews with witnesses. Ms. Alston mentioned she was uncertain how and when she would return dwelling.
Ms. Day mentioned that the airline was working carefully with legislation enforcement and that it was “working to assist our prospects proceed their journeys on one other flight later this night.
The Kansas Metropolis Police Division referred inquiries to the airport police. An airport spokesman referred inquiries to American Airways and the F.B.I.
Charles A. Dayoub, an F.B.I. particular agent in cost in Kansas Metropolis, mentioned in a statement released on social media that the passenger was taken into custody after “interfering with the flight crew.”
Disturbances on flights have surged through the coronavirus pandemic, and lots of the incidents have concerned passengers who disagree with masks mandates.
Final 12 months, the Federal Aviation Administration performed greater than 1,000 investigations of unruly passengers — greater than within the earlier seven years mixed.