Flight diverted during a mid-flight plane ride after a man was suddenly restrained by law officials on board after the passengers tried opening up a back door emergency exit on the plane to jump out and "escape", UPI reported this Tuesday, Aug. 20. The AirTran plane was scheduled to depart from Baltimore to fly to Austin, Texas, but was forced to make an unexpected landing in Memphis, Tenn., following the scary incident.
A flight diverted left some passengers shocked when the man made a move out to the back of the plane and tried opening the emergency exit door in an attempted escape, noted the report. Military personnel that were fortunately on board pinned the man down until the flight made its own emergency landing Monday evening in Memphis.
The 120 passengers that were on board the AirTran flight at the time were forced to evacuate. FBI agents and airport security officials interviewed some of the passengers and took the man in question into custody; soon afterwards, the passengers boarded a late-night flight to their final destination in Austin.
Although all details on the man who tried opening the plane door are not yet in, some claim that the passengers was attempting to commit suicide. One witness that was aboard the diverted flight added that it took four military members to restrain the passenger and keep him away from the emergency exit until the sudden landing. Another ventured to guess that the man was having a mental breakdown.
The FBI is currently investigating the real motive behind the man trying to escape from the flight. No one on board was injured, and the emergency escape door was never reported opened while the plane was up in the air, concluded one airport official.
"Everyone was understanding," said a passenger. "Luckily there were military personnel on the plane and they were really accommodating. It could have been way worse but it wasn't that bad."
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