Passenger on board with madman who rushed cockpit details scary scene: ‘He wanted to bring the plane down’

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In a follow-up to Sunday’s harrowing tale of an American Airlines flight that was diverted because of a deranged passenger, an eyewitness who chronicled the event on Twitter spoke with Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade on “Fox and Friends” Tuesday.

As BPR reported Monday, American Airlines Flight 1775 departed LAX bound for Washington, D.C. Sunday but was diverted after an “unruly” passenger ran amok. 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.

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 continued. “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.”

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

Moustafa told Kilmeade Tuesday that the passenger did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but nevertheless, he tried to force his way into the cockpit unsuccessfully, then attempted to open the main cabin door. Moustafa alleged he heard the man mention that he “wanted to bring the plane down.”

“He was attacking the crew and the passengers that were trying to subdue him and really just trying to get into the cockpit and then try to open the plane’s door in the emergency sort of latch,” Moustafa told Kilmeade.

“He grabbed the plane’s exit door. He’s a big guy… the air pressure maybe probably makes it almost impossible to open the door, but he actually, like, kind of shifted it a few inches, and that was scary,” he continued.

The pilot made a drastic maneuver to the north and descended rapidly for an emergency landing at Kansas City International Airport. Moustafa praised the pilots and cabin crew as “heroes.”

“You had maybe four or five people that were trying to subdue him while the flight attendant was kind of trying to knock him out by bashing him repeatedly on the head with the coffee pot over and over again until he was finally down; there was blood, everything, and people still had to pin him down until we landed,” Moustafa said.

“The crew of American Airlines and the brave passengers of the front, including I think it was an Air Force reserve gentleman and others, were real heroes to step up and do the right thing and make sure it’s a happy ending,” he said.


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