Passenger tries to breach cockpit of Delta plane, flight diverted to Albuquerque


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (NewsNation Now) — A flight on its way from Los Angeles to Nashville was diverted to the Albuquerque International Sunport Friday afternoon due to a passenger disturbance on board.

Sunport spokesperson Stephanie Kitts told NewsNation affiliate KRQE a passenger attempted to breach the cockpit.

The male passenger attempted to breach the cockpit of Delta Airlines Flight #386 but was unsuccessful. Video taken aboard the plane shows the zip-tied and shoeless man surrounded by passengers and crew members as he repeats over and over again: “Stop this plane!”

The plane safely landed in Albuquerque around 2:20 p.m. MT and the passenger was arrested by airport police.

Delta said the Boeing 737-900 had 162 passengers and six crew members aboard.

The flight was grounded for several hours in Albuquerque and is not expected to take off until at least 8:15 p.m. MT. The flight isn’t expected to land in Nashville until 12 a.m. Saturday local time NewsNation affiliate WKRN reports.

“The plane landed safely and the passenger was removed by police and the FBI. He is in custody now,” Delta said in a statement.

Sunport said the plane landed without incident and the passenger was removed. The plane is scheduled to continue on its way.

FBI Albuquerque tweeted they are investigating the incident.

Reuters along with NewsNation affiliates KRQE and WKRN contributed to this report

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