An off-duty worker onboard a Delta Airways flight from California to Georgia pressured the aircraft to make an emergency touchdown in Oklahoma Metropolis after he attacked the flight crew, threatened to crash the aircraft, and tried to open the pressurized plug door. Several passengers onboard the aircraft posted movies to social media in regards to the incident.
Video from the incident was shared by an unnamed passenger aboard the flight. The passenger mentioned they initially believed that the person, later identified as 34-year-old Stephon Jamar Duncan, was trying to hijack the aircraft. Native information outlet ABC7 reported that authorities in Oklahoma Metropolis mentioned that Duncan was “an off-duty Delta worker” who threatened to “take down the aircraft.”
“The person made an announcement that we wanted to be near our oxygen masks & proceeded to attempt & open the door,” the passenger, whose Twitter deal with is @alifuckingburns, wrote. “They then referred to as all of the ‘sturdy males’ to the entrance of the aircraft to restrain him. We ended up touchdown in OKC because it was the closest airport to us.” He later clarified that the person was truly “attempting to open the door to the surface, not the cockpit.”
The video exhibits a number of passengers and members of the flight crew retraining the person and pulling him away from the cockpit and pressurized exit door. As a result of the aircraft was at cruising altitude of over 30,000 toes on the time of the passenger’s outburst, opening the pressurized plug door can be impossible for any individual, as it might require greater than 20,000 kilos of stress to dislodge.
After the person was subdued, the flight was diverted to Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma Metropolis.
The Oklahoma Metropolis Police Division told native ABC Information affiliate WSB-TV that the person made “terroristic threats” and “assaulted two flight attendants whereas attempting to take down the aircraft.” OKCPD additionally confirmed that the flight crew requested for and acquired assist from passengers and an off-duty pilot to subdue and maintain the unruly passenger down till the aircraft landed safely.
In keeping with a report from the Atlanta Journal-Structure, legislation enforcement authorities mentioned that the person claimed to be affected by chest pains and had exhibited “indicators of psychological well being points.” The person, who could face assault and battery fees for hitting members of the flight crew, was taken to a hospital in Oklahoma Metropolis the place brokers from the FBI questioned him.
After legislation enforcement authorities carried out a sweep of the aircraft, passengers re-boarded and landed safely in Atlanta.
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The airline clarified that the person by no means tried to hijack the aircraft, per a report from CBS46.
“Because of the crew and passengers of Delta Flight 1730 (LAX to ATL) who assisted in detaining an unruly passenger because the flight diverted to Oklahoma Metropolis (OKC),” A Delta spokesperson mentioned in a press release following the incident. “The plane landed with out incident and the passenger was eliminated by legislation enforcement. We apologize to our prospects for the delay and any further inconvenience this precipitated.”
Delta didn’t instantly reply to additional inquiries about Duncan’s function with the airline.
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