OKLAHOMA CITY – A man is in custody and a plane full of passengers from Los Angeles to Atlanta is breathing a little easier after an incident aboard their flight on Friday night.
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Delta Flight 1730 was en route to Atlanta before being diverted to Oklahoma City after an unruly passenger wreaked havoc on the plane.
Oklahoma City Police told ABC News the man became unruly, made terrorist threats and assaulted two flight attendants while threatening to bring down the plane. Police said the flight attendant called for help from the passengers and it took several of them and a pilot on leave on the flight to keep the man on the ground.
Investigators said the suspect was “showing signs of mental health issues” and said he was suffering from chest pain. He was rushed to an Oklahoma City area hospital and is being questioned by the FBI. Police say the man faces two possible counts of assault and battery.
Several reports on social media claimed the suspect was attempting to open the plane’s door and possibly attempting to enter the cockpit, but officials said those reports were not correct.
After removing the suspect, Oklahoma City Police searched the plane for any potential problems and cleared him shortly thereafter. The flight, although delayed, was cleared to continue to Atlanta where it landed early Saturday morning.
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Delta issued a statement about the incident to Channel 2 Action News.
“Thank you to the crew and passengers of Delta Flight 1730 (LAX to ATL) who helped restrain an unruly passenger as the flight was diverted to Oklahoma City (OKC). The plane landed without incident and the passenger was evacuated by the police. We apologize to our customers for the delay and any additional inconvenience this caused. “
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