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Flight diverted to Orlando after man tries open cabin door

Unread post by bimjim » Wed May 17, 2017

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/bre ... story.html

Flight diverted to Orlando airport after man tries to open cabin door
David Harris
May 17, 2017

An Air Canada flight from Jamaica to Toronto made an emergency landing Monday night at Orlando International Airport after a passenger tried to open the plane cabin door, according to a complaint.

The incident began after the flight started experiencing turbulence and the pilot turned the seat belt sign on. Passenger Brandon Michael Courneyea, 34, of Canada, started yelling at other people for “looking at him,” according to a federal complaint.

Flight attendants tried to calm him down, but to no avail. He got up and started walking around the plane.

“Courneyea then stated that it would only take one guy to take the plane down and that he wanted to take everyone with him,” the complaint said.

He went to the back of the plane, grabbed a pot of coffee and swung it at flight attendants, the complaint said.

“When confronted [by the flight attendant], Courneyea lunged for the rear cabin exit door and began to pull the door lever up to open the door. [He] then was restrained by crew members and fellow passengers on the aircraft,” a complaint said.

Crew members and passengers restrained Courneyea and used zip ties to strap him to his seat, according to the complaint.

The incident lasted about 45 minutes, the complaint said.

The flight made the landing about 8 p.m. and stayed at the airport until agents could complete interviews.

After the flight landed, Courneyea was arrested by federal agents and is charged with Interference with flight crew members and attendants, a federal crime.

The plane took off again and landed in Toronto without incident.

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