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According to authorities, Stephon Jamar Duncan, a Delta Airlines flight attendant, was seized mid-flight by crew members and fellow passengers while traveling off-duty on a journey from Los Angeles to Atlanta.
Duncan was detained when the jet was rerouted to Oklahoma City, according to ABC News. Duncan, 34, is still being held after the incident on Friday, June 11, 2021.
Duncan threatened to “take down the jet,” according to Oklahoma City Police spokesman Jermaine Johnson. Duncan allegedly made “terroristic threats,” according to authorities.
Duncan was rushed to the hospital after complaining of chest pain, according to police. Duncan was exhibiting signs of mental instability, according to ABC News.
He is 34 years old.
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Delta Airlines said in a statement, “Thanks to the crew and passengers of Delta Flight 1730 (LAX to ATL) who assisted in detaining an unruly passenger as the flight diverted to Oklahoma City (OKC). The aircraft landed without incident and the passenger was removed by law enforcement. We apologize to our customers for the delay and any additional inconvenience this caused.”
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After police searched the plane, Delta reported the aircraft continued on to Atlanta. Ali Burns, a passenger on the airplane, tweeted, “Someone tried hijacking our plane from LAX to ATL. … The man made an announcement that we needed to be close to our oxygen masks & proceeded to try & open the door. They then called all the ‘strong men’ to the front of the plane to restrain him. We ended up landing in OKC as it was the closest airport to us.”
Burns added, “Update: he was trying to open the door to the outside, not the cockpit.”
A struggle can be seen near the front of the plane in a video shared by Burns.
Someone tried hijacking our plane from LAX to ATL pic.twitter.com/fkPDPR60hu
— AB (@alifuckingburns) June 12, 2021
According to a Delta spokeswoman, the jet landed safely in Oklahoma City, and the passenger was detained by local officials. According to Johnson, the jet was searched and cleared before being allowed to continue its journey to Atlanta.
Duncan was arrested and taken to the hospital after he complained of chest symptoms and showed indicators of mental illness, according to authorities.
This event occurred while the TSA examined nearly 2 million individuals at airport security checkpoints on Friday, the highest number since the pandemic began.
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Duncan is still being held at the Oklahoma County Jail, although there are no charges filed against him according to Oklahoma court records.
Duncan was likely to face two counts of assault and battery at the state level, according to ABC News. However, the FBI is looking into the matter, and Duncan could face criminal charges. Duncan’s work situation has not been addressed by Delta.