Delta Diverted After Passenger Tries to Breach Cockpit

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An unruly passenger who tried breaking into the cockpit of a Delta Air Lines flight bound for Tennessee from California was subdued by cabin crew and fellow passengers as the plane was diverted to New Mexico on Friday, officials said.

Delta Flight 386, from Los Angeles bound for Nashville, arrived around 2:20 p.m. PT at Albuquerque International Sunport, where authorities removed the passenger from the plane and took him into custody, an airport spokesperson said.

Delta said the Boeing 737-900 had 162 passengers and six crew members aboard.

The FBI in Albuquerque said on Twitter it was responding to the incident and that there was “no threat to the public at this time.” The FBI provided no further details.

The airline and law enforcement did not say whether the individual was armed, whether he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs or what may have prompted his outburst.

No one was hurt during the incident, and the flight resumed its trip to Nashville after the diversion, the airport spokesperson said.

Los Angeles-based CBS News affiliate KCBS-TV posted cellphone video taken by several passengers showing a man lying on his stomach in the aisle of the aircraft repeatedly yelling “Stop this plane” as he was being restrained.

A flight attendant and passengers bound his hands and feet with yellow cord, then carried him to the rear of aircraft, where he was placed face down in a seat, the video clips showed.

“Thanks to the crew and passengers of Delta Flight 386,” Delta said in a statemen, “who assisted in detaining an unruly passenger as the flight diverted to Albuquerque.”

Delta’s statement added the aircraft landed without incident and the passenger was removed by law enforcement.

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