WASHINGTON, June 12, 2021 (AFP) – A flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta, United States, was diverted and made an emergency landing after a passenger attacked two flight attendants and threatened to overturn the plane, officials said. he said.
The incident occurred on Friday night (12), at a time when Americans are returning to more frequent airway use since the start of the pandemic and there has been a significant increase in the incidence of “disciplinary travellers”, often due to controversies over mask use. cause.
In the latest case, according to the airline and the press, there has been a catastrophic disturbance in front of Delta Flight 1730.
As one man wrestled with the flight attendant—and repeatedly shouted that he was “going down the plane”—the pilot asked over the sound system that “all able-bodied men” would come to help.
Police said several people, including an out-of-service pilot, attacked him and managed to subdue the man, after a violent fight recorded on video.
The plane, which was flying from the west coast to Atlanta in the southeast of the country, was diverted to Oklahoma. No one was reported to be injured.
The press reported that City Police arrested the suspect, identified as a Delta employee of about 20 years who was off duty.
The man was admitted to the hospital after he complained of chest pain and what police said were symptoms of mental problems.
Police searched the plane before the flight could proceed, and the FBI launched an investigation.