Passenger bashed in head with coffee pot after trying to storm cockpit mid-flight from LA to D.C.

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It was a turbulent ride for passengers on board American Airlines Flight 1775 on Sunday when a coast-to-coast flight from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. was diverted to Kansas City after an “unruly” passenger ran amok.

The flight departed from LAX at about 11:15 a.m. and was bound for Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in the nation’s capital but made an emergency landing at Kansas City International Airport where it arrived around 2:30 p.m. due to the ruckus after passengers and flight attendants subdued the yet to be identified man.

In the middle of the flight, the agitated individual allegedly attempted to storm the cockpit and later tried to open a door to exit the plane in midair, leading to the dramatic struggle to get him under control.

(Video: Fox 4 Kansas City)

One eyewitness, Mouaz Moustafa posted a video to Twitter along with his account of what happened.

“A flight attendant comes to the middle of the plane where I am, yells to another flight attendant in the back to turn on the lights. At this time, the plane starts descending very rapidly, I think we reached 5,000 feet per minute,” he said, according to Fox 4 Kansas City.

Moustafa added, “As that’s happening, a lot of people don’t know what’s really going on. I mean, people assume, maybe something happened to the pilot, maybe we’re just literally crashing. So, a lot of people, including me, honestly thought we might, this might be it.”

“One of the flight attendants jumps all the way to the back and grabs a coffee pot and walks up to the front,” he said. “There’s a man who’s trying to get into the cockpit, and afterwards, also tried to open the door to get out the plane. So, some of the passengers that were very heroic, helped the flight attendant who went to the back and got the coffee pot, came up and kept, sort of, bashing him in the head,” Fox 4 reported.

In a video posted to Twitter showing the man on the floor, Moustafa wrote, “passengers held the individual and a flight attendant used a coffee pot to subdue him as the plane descended rapidly. the man was bleeding as the police in this video are taking him off the flight after landing in Kansas.”

In additional tweets about the harrowing experience, Moustafa posted a screenshot showing the plane’s rate of descent during the incident.

“The flight descended 30 thousand feet in about minutes. Flight was dropping and veering as people struggled to subdue the individual attempting to open the door of the plane. Usual descent is 500-700 but our plane was descending at 5000!!!”

He also shared a video that a friend sent him showing the flight path of Flight 1775 as it was diverted to KCI.

The FBI was on the scene when the plane landed and took the unruly passenger into custody.

According to a statement issued by the Kansas City FBI office: “Earlier today, an American Airlines flight originating from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) en route to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) was diverted to Kansas City International Airport (MCI). The flight was diverted due to an unruly passenger interfering with the flight crew. The individual has been taken into custody. As this is an ongoing matter, the FBI is unable to comment further.”

FBI agents also spoke to passengers on the plane after the unscheduled stop as flight attendants cleaned up, according to another video posted by Moustafa.

The Association Of Professional Flight Attendants posted a statement to Twitter on the incident.

“This violent behavior must stop. APFA will continue to collaborate with other Flight Attendant and Customer Service Agent Unions, the Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration, and Congress to ensure these offenders are prosecuted to the full extent of the law with appropriate fines, criminal penalties, and applicable flying bans,” the organization wrote.


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