Delta Flight Diverted After Off-Duty Flight Attendant Makes 'Terroristic Threats'
A Delta flight to Atlanta was diverted to Oklahoma City on Friday after an off duty flight attendant made "terrorist threats" to dismantle the plane, police said.
The suspect, Stephon Jamar Duncan, 34, was a passenger on Delta Flight 1730 when police said he became recalcitrant and made threats after the plane left Los Angeles International Airport.
Passengers and flight crew overwhelmed Duncan at the front of the plane after he reportedly used the intercom to make an announcement.
In a video posted on Twitter, passenger Benjamin Curlee said the suspect had instructed everyone on the flight to take their seats and get ready to put on oxygen masks. Duncan then tried to open the aircraft door, Curlee said.
Another video recorded by passenger Steven Denton once heard a flight crew member calling on all "strong men" to come to the front of the aircraft to "treat a problematic passenger". The video shows several people working to hold Duncan back in the center aisle.
"He's been acting really weird all along," Denton said during an interview with MSNBC. “This guy was up and down the whole time. He was wearing a helmet. He basically walked up and down the row and opened every luggage compartment. "
Police officers removed Duncan from the plane after it landed in Oklahoma City. The flight continued to Atlanta after police searched and cleared the plane.
Duncan was rushed to hospital after reporting chest pain and showing signs of mental health problems, police said.
The FBI is investigating the matter, and Duncan is expected to face two charges of assault and assault on alleged assault on at least two flight attendants, officials told KABC.
In a statement, Delta thanked the crew and passengers for arresting the "unruly" passenger.
"The plane landed without incident and the passenger was evacuated by law enforcement," Delta said in its statement. "We apologize to our customers for the delay and the additional inconvenience this caused."
Duncan's arrest followed two other similar incidents on board Delta flights in the past two weeks. Last week a flight from L.A. to New York City was diverted to Detroit when a passenger became a threat. Earlier this week, a flight from L.A. to Nashville, Tennessee, was diverted to Albuquerque, New Mexico after a passenger allegedly attempted to break into the plane's cockpit in mid-flight.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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