DENVER (KDVR) – A flight was rerouted to Denver on Wednesday night after a passenger assaulted a flight attendant.
An airport official confirmed that the flight, which took off from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, was rerouted to Denver en route to John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California.
American Airlines Flight 976 with service from New York (JFK) to Santa Ana (SNA) was diverted to Denver (DEN) due to a passenger who physically assaulted a flight attendant. landed safely and drove to the boarding gate where law enforcement removed and apprehended the passenger, âthe airline said in a statement.
FlightAware shows that Flight 976 departed at 4:29 PM EST and arrived in Denver at 6:38 PM MT.
According to American Airlines, the flight attendant was female and was injured.
The responsible passenger will be banned from American Airlines flights, the airline said.
The FBI is investigating.
American Airlines issued this statement in response to the incident:
We are outraged by the information about what happened on board. Acts of violence against our team members will not be tolerated by American Airlines. We’ve engaged local law enforcement and the FBI and we’re working with them to make sure they have all the information they need. The individual involved in this incident will never be allowed to travel with American Airlines in the future, but we will not be satisfied until he has been prosecuted with all the rigor of the law. This behavior must stop, and aggressive law enforcement and prosecution is the best deterrent.
We thank our crew for their speed of action and their professionalism in ensuring the safety of other team members and customers on board. Our hearts go out to our injured flight attendant and we are making sure that she and her teammates have the support they need at this time.
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