Washington D.C. Plane Forced to Land After Passenger Charges Cockpit
Shortly after takeoff on Tuesday, United Airlines flight 1074 from Washington D.C. to Denver was forced to turn around after a man charged toward the cockpit and was detained by quick-thinking passengers.
According to Katherine Faulders of ABC News, the plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Dulles International Airport when pilots aboard the flight reported a passenger had become violent.
One of the pilots told air traffic controllers, per LiveATC.net (h/t ABC News), “He ran forward towards the cockpit and he is being restrained by passengers. Cockpit is secure and we would like to return to the airport and have the authorities meet him.”
According to Tara Fowler of People.com, “the incident was first reported on Reddit as a failed hijacking.” People.com reported that the video below is from the incident:
In the report from Faulders, one of the passengers on flight 1074 spoke about the men who took down the violent passenger before he made his way to the cockpit:
“One held his feet and the other one kind of laid on top of him and then the flight attendants went and got some plastic restraints for his arms. At one point when his head was down he said there were jihadists in the cargo hold and he did say jihad a couple times.”
In a statement from United Airlines, via ABC News, it was reported that law enforcement officers were waiting in Washington for the man and immediately took him into custody. He was later taken to the hospital for evaluation.
United Airlines told Faulders it planned to get the remaining passengers to their destination Tuesday.
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