An AirTran flight diverted to Memphis was diverted to Memphis when a passenger tried to open the emergency exit door during the flight.
AirTran Flight 265 from Baltimore to Austin made an unscheduled landing Monday evening around 6:30 p.m. after a passenger, believed to be suicidal, attempted to open one of the rear emergency exit doors.
The passenger has yet to be identified and was detained for evaluation by the FBI and TSA. At present time, no charges have been filed.
John Geraud, Vice President of Operations Memphis International Airport, stated that the man was not unruly nor appeared to be drunk.
Passengers on AirTran Flight 265 state that man claimed he didn’t want to live. Military members who were on the flight kept the man restrained and guarded until the flight could land in Memphis where he was turned over to the authorities.
AirTran Flight 265 resumed its flight to Austin around 8:30 p.m.