Unruly passenger turns around Denver-bound flight – 9NEWS.com
A United Airlines flight from Washington D.C. to Denver was forced to turn around Monday night after a passenger caused a disturbance on-board and “failed to comply with crew instructions.” 9NEWS at 5:30 a.m. 03/17/15.
9NEWS Staff, news source 4:53 p.m. MDT March 17, 2015A passenger is restrained on United Flight 1074.(Photo: John R. Ford)KUSA – A United Airlines flight from Washington D.C. to Denver was forced to turn around Monday night after a passenger reportedly charged the cockpit claiming he had a bomb.”We had a passenger becoming violent. No weapons involved. He’s restrained by other passengers now, though,” the pilot is heard telling air traffic control in a recording. “We don’t know his mental health condition. Sounds like he’s restrained for now. We just need to get on the ground.”Flight 1074 departed Dulles International around 10:23 p.m. Eastern time. It was scheduled to arrive at Denver International Airport at 9:20 p.m. local time. About 15 minutes into the flight, the passenger began to move toward the cockpit.Fellow passengers Don Digby and Scott Maldonando were on their way home from a business trip. The men had their headphones on and looked up when the man was walking toward the cockpit.”I could just see the horror in our stewardess’s eyes,” Digby said.That’s when the two Denver men stood up.”He was saying ‘jihad.’ He was saying ‘the plane is going down. They’re in the belly. They’re shooting at the plane,'” Digby explained.Maldonado, a Gulf War Army veteran, said he approached the man.”His arms were in the air as he was saying ‘this plane is going down. This plane is going down.’ I asked him, ‘please relax. You need to calm down.’ He didn’t do that, and at that time I felt that the best decision was to put him on the ground,” Maldonado said.Maldonado kicked the man’s feet out from under him and laid on top of him. He spread his arms to make sure he couldn’t reach for anything. Digby jumped on the man’s legs and began searching for … – Click Here To Visit Article Source