Reported CNN, a Delta flight from Washington, DC, to Los Angeles made an emergency landing in Oklahoma City on Thursday night. That was after a passenger allegedly attacked two people.
“The passenger assaulted a flight attendant. An air officer on board flight 324 was also allegedly assaulted while trying to subdue the passenger, who was eventually arrested,” said Oklahoma City Police Captain Arthur Gregory.
The Boeing 757-200 landed at Will Rogers World Airport at around 7:40 p.m. local time. The man was removed from the flight and interviewed by the FBI.
Oklahoma City Police said Friday that the man was arrested and charged with public drunkenness and disorderly behavior.
Ariel Pennington, 35, of Washington, DC, was entered into the Oklahoma City jail at 11:16 p.m. and released Friday morning at 4:54 p.m.
It is not clear if Pennington has a lawyer at this time. He is not registered in any court records.
The Transportation Security Administration said the suspect had consumed liquor. Video taken by Axios reporter Sarah Mucha shows Pennington being carried off the plane by two uniformed officers of the Oklahoma City Police.
About three hours after the flight, a crew member made an announcement on the intercom system asking “a able-bodied man” to assist the flight attendant in the back of the plane.
“Shortly after the announcement, one of the pilots informed passengers that they would be diverted to Oklahoma City,” the reporter said.
“They had to do a health check on the flight attendants to make sure he was okay to fly. Once he was cleared, he flew back all the way to Los Angeles,” he added.
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