Delta flight returns to Seattle after passenger assaults attendant, airline says

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Luglio 8, 2017

Several passengers tried to subdue the individual, and two people - a passenger and a flight attendant - were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries in connection with the incident. Witnesses said the man punched a flight attendant who tried to stop him.

According to the International Air Transport Association, between 2007 and 2015, there were more than 49,084 "unruly passenger incidents" reported on aircrafts in-flight - including assaults, harassment and violence against both crew members and other passengers. The alleged attacker was the third person injured, but he declined help from medical personnel after landing.

According to the CNN, the plane #Boeing 767-300ER turned over the western coast of Canada and returned to Seattle-#Tacoma International Airport around 7:40 p.m. local time under a Department of Defense escort.

FBI's Seattle Field Office told CBS News that the suspect - who is a 23-year-old Florida man - has been transferred to federal custody.

The man was trying to open the exit door and he said he needed air, according to another passenger.

'One of the flight attendants ran back and said there was a Code 3. Per FBI: No info suggests national security threat.

The male passenger was arrested, airport spokesman Perry Cooper said. The Atlanta-based carrier said the flight would re-depart for Beijing again Thursday evening. "There was a serious fight up front".

The FBI was involved in the response to the incident.

Jones said the handcuffed, zip-tied man was taken into the terminal in a wheelchair after the plane landed.

"He started yelling for help", he told KIRO 7. Actually, I think we did a good job, ' Wang said.

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