American Airlines plane makes emergency landing after a man has been “knocked to the ground” by passengers trying to open the door during the flight
- Man on board flight from Chicago to Dallas, withheld by crew and passengers
- Witnesses said he was trying to open halfway through the flight at 30,000 feet
- The American Airlines flight made an emergency landing at St. Louis airport
- After the landing police stopped the man and dragged him out of the plane
A passenger had to be detained by flight crew and members of the public after attempting to open an escape door in the middle of the flight.
The flight from Chicago to Dallas made an emergency landing in St. Louis on Tuesday evening and the man was arrested by the police.
Passengers aboard American Airlines flight 2300 said a man was trying to open the emergency exit while the plane was running at 30,000 feet.
A male passenger was removed from an American Airlines plane and arrested in St. Louis after forcing an emergency landing
The passenger (left and right) was pulled off the flight by the police at St. Louis airport and duct tape was used to secure his hands behind his back
Flight attendants and fellow passengers have tackled the man and subjected him for 25 minutes, according to eyewitnesses.
According to an airport official at St. Louis Lambert International Airport, a man was removed from the flight and arrested by the airport police WSBT.
A video of the incident was posted on social media and showed that a passenger was detained before being escorted from the aircraft by the police.
He could be seen being led out of the plane after being forced to the ground by passengers and crew and his hands tied behind his back with duct tape.
The video showed the police dragging him out of the plane, with one security guard grabbing him by the clothes, while another grabbing him firmly with both arms and dragging him out of the plane.
Passengers and crew “fought” the man on the American Airlines flight from Chicago to Dallas before the police removed him from the plane
Passengers watched as the man was taken off the plane and arrested by the police in St. Louis
Five officers were needed to keep the man safely under control before he was escaped.
An undocumented passenger tweeted that the man was ‘fought’ and ‘subdued’ by the crew and other passengers in the aircraft until the aircraft landed safely around 7:40 PM.
The passenger added in a tweet: “Emergency landing because someone tried to open the emergency exit during the flight and was fought against the ground.”
He later wrote: “We landed safely in St. Louis. The flight attendants and a few passengers brought the man to the ground until we landed. Medical assistance was called. “
The identity of the arrested male passenger has not yet been confirmed.
St. Louis Lambert International Airport where an American Airlines flight was forced to land and a male passenger was arrested