ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Delta Air Lines
flight from Los Angeles
was diverted to New Mexico
on Friday afternoon after a passenger attempted to gain access to the cockpit.
The “unruly” man attempted unsuccessfully to enter the locked cockpit of Delta Air Lines Flight 386, but other passengers and crew members were able to detain him, according to the airline.
The man, who was zip-tied and shoeless, was surrounded by passengers and crew members as he repeated over and over, "Stop this plane!" He was eventually picked up and hauled to the back of the plane, which was diverted to Albuquerque International Sunport.
“The plane safely landed, and the passenger was removed by police
and the FBI
; he is now in custody,” Delta said in a statement.
There were no injuries, and the incident is being investigated by the FBI.
The FBI's Albuquerque spokesman, Frank Fisher, confirmed that the agency had responded to a report of a plane being diverted to the city's airport but stated that there was no threat to the public.
He stated that no additional information was available at the time.