Austin-bound plane diverted after passenger attempts to open door

Austin-bound plane diverted after passenger attempts to open door

Austin-bound plane diverted after passenger attempts to open door

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by KVUE.com

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Posted on August 19, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 20 at 6:51 PM

AUSTIN -- An Air Tran flight from Baltimore bound for Austin was diverted Monday after an unruly passenger tried to open an emergency exit.

Air Tran flight 265 with 120 passengers and five crew members was safely diverted to Memphis, officials told KVUE News.

“AirTran flight 265 (120 customers and a crew of 5) safely diverted to Memphis to remove an unruly passenger,” Air Tran Spokesperson Brad Hawkins said.

The crew detained the man on board before turning him over to authorities on the ground. Witnesses say other passengers stayed calm during the emergency landing.

The FBI and TSA will now investigate the incident Hawkins said.     Federal authorities are still deciding whether they will press charges against the man.

“There was a gentlemen on the plane who probably had some problems, mental problems maybe... Who was attempting to kick the exit door at the rear of the plane. So they landed and three policemen came onboard and  handcuffed him and took him off the plane,” passenger Linell Sergot said.

The plane was eventually cleared to complete its trip and made it to Austin.

The man who was detained has not been identified.

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