A flight diverted when a suicidal passenger who “didn’t want to live” tried to exit a Boeing 737 while being midair over Little Rock in Arkansas. “An AirTran flight that left Baltimore Monday afternoon en route to Austin, Texas, was forced to land at Memphis International Airport after an ‘unruly passenger’ attempted to open an emergency exit at the back of the plane,” reported MyFoxMemphis on Aug. 19, 2013
According to other passengers on the diverted flight, the suicidal passenger did not appear to be drunk or under the influence of any drugs but that he was acting suicidal, saying that he didn’t want to live anymore.
When the suicidal passenger tried to open the emergency exit door at the back of the Boing 737, members of the military who were on the flight restrained the “unruly passenger” and stayed with him until the Boeing 737 was able to land at Memphis International Airport.
The diverted flight had 120 passengers and a five-person crew on board. After the incident in Little Rock airspace, AirTran Flight 265 diverted to Memphis since it was the closest airport.
After landing in Memphis around 6:30 p.m., the suicidal male passenger was escorted off the Boeing 737 and questioned by the FBI and the TSA. Other passengers were also asked to leave the plane in order to be interviewed while AirTran employees checked the emergency exit door to make sure it was secure.
Shortly before 8:30 p.m., about two hours after it had landed in Memphis, the diverted flight was able to take off again and continue to Austin – without the suicidal passenger.
“The FBI is determining if charges will be filed.”