Man tried to break into cockpit of American Airlines plane
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 21, 2017,
May 21, 2017, 20:45
The U.S. military on Friday scrambled two Air Force fighter jets to escort an American Airlines flight into Honolulu International Airport after a disturbance was reported on board, a Pacific Command spokesman said.
American Airlines Flight 31, an Airbus A321 that left LAX around 8:30 a.m., landed safely in Honolulu at 11:35 a.m. Hawaii Standard Time, according to the airline.
The exact nature of Uskanli's offence has not been confirmed, but he is thought to be charged with interfering with a flight crew, which can hand him a minimum of 10 years in prison. The passenger was restrained by fellow fliers, including an off-duty Honolulu police officer.
"Crazy! Someone tried to break into the cockpit on my flight from LA to Honolulu", one Instagram user wrote.
Upon landing, the flight was met by FBI agents and the passenger was escorted off the plane into federal custody.
"I would just never want to go against her".
Los Angeles International Airport Police Division responded to a radio call of a passenger going through a door from the Terminal 5 concourse that led out onto the airfield ramp, according to a statement from LAX. As the police said, he had consumed alcohol. He was spotted by a contractor and detained.
Officials say Uskanil had been drinking but was not drunk enough to meet the criteria for public intoxication under the law.
The flight, which originated from Los Angeles, was to arrive in Honolulu about noon.
CNN reported that the Department of Homeland Security tweeted the person was detained and that the incident appeared to be isolated. There are no other reports of disruptions, but the department said it is monitoring all flights Friday out of caution.
Uskanil then seemed to lunge towards the cockpit door, according to the source, and that's when several passengers subdued him.
Instead they say he was stopped by a flight attendant who had jammed her serving cart in the doorway that separates first class from coach.
"It was all kind of surreal", said Penny Lorenzen, a passenger on the flight.
The attendant then took off down the aisle with her cart to block the passenger from advancing, saying: "You're not coming in here". Some eyewitnesses told ABC News that he tried to push his way through first class to the bathrooms, but was blocked by the beverage cart and a passenger.
No explosives were involved in the incident, no passengers were injured and the Federal Bureau of Investigation say they are not aware of any threats to any other aircraft. They took him to the back of the plane and duct-taped him to his seat.