According to police
, an Atlanta-bound Delta flight was diverted to Oklahoma City
on Friday after an off-duty flight attendant made "terroristic threats" to bring the plane down.
According to police, the suspect, Stephon Jamar Duncan, 34, was a passenger on Delta Flight 1730 when he became unruly and began making threats after the plane took off from Los Angeles
Duncan was apprehended at the front of the plane by passengers and flight crew after allegedly making an announcement over the intercom system.
According to passenger Benjamin Curlee, who posted a video on Twitter
, the suspect instructed everyone on the flight to take their seats and prepare to put on their oxygen masks
before attempting to open the plane door.
Another passenger, Steven Denton, captured another video in which a flight crew member can be heard at one point calling for all "strong males" to come to the front of the plane to "handle a problem passenger." The video shows several people
working to restrain Duncan in the center aisle.
“He had been acting really strange the entire time,” Duncan explained to MSNBC
. “This guy was up and down the whole time. He was wearing a helmet. He basically walked up and down the row opening up every overhead bin.”
Yasmin Vossoughian @yasminv speaks with Delta Passenger Steve Denton @SRDenton about his terrifying experience aboard a flight forced to land due to an “unruly passenger.” pic.twitter.com/IGkl0VI2fE — MSNBC Reports: Weekends (@MSNBCweekends) June 12, 2021
Duncan was removed from the plane after it landed in Oklahoma City, and the flight continued to Atlanta after the plane was searched and cleared by police.
Duncan was taken to the hospital
after complaining of chest pains and displaying signs of mental illness, according to police.
According to KABC, the FBI
is investigating the matter, and Duncan is expected to be charged with two counts of assault
and battery for allegedly assaulting at least two flight attendants.
Delta thanked the crew and passengers for their assistance in detaining the "unruly" passenger in a statement.
“The aircraft landed without incident, and the passenger was removed by law
enforcement,” Delta said in a statement, adding that “we apologize to our customers for the delay and any additional inconvenience this caused.”
came on the heels of two other similar incidents aboard Delta flights in the last two weeks: a flight from Los Angeles to New York City
was diverted to Detroit
last week after a passenger became a threat, and a flight from Los Angeles to Nashville
, was diverted to Albuquerque, New Mexico
, earlier in the week after a passenger allegedly attempted to break into the plane's cockpit midflight.
A Delta flight was forced to make an emergency landing after an off-duty flight attendant attempted to grab the plane's PA system. The flight attendant was apprehended, and the plane resumed its journey to Atlanta. #SundayTODAY pic.twitter.com/1hrNu9WO3U — TODAY (@TODAYshow) June 13, 2021