Military jets escorted Delta Airlines flight to make emergency landing in Tucson

Published on : Thursday, June 23, 2016

Delta Airlines flightLos Angeles bound Delta Airlines flight made an emergency landing at the Tucson International Airport on 22nd June 2016, with the help of a pair of F-16s military escort planes.



The Delta flight took off from San Antonio in Texas and it landed in Tucson around 4pm local time, after a passenger threatened a cabin crew. Tucson Airport Authority spokesperson, Jessie Butler said that the flight was carrying 80 passengers.



According to the passengers and the crew, a man was having a mental break down and rejected to sit down.



Two military jets were sent by the FBI, to intercept the flight. Both the F-16s belong to the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.



Just when the flight landed, airport police, along with FBI and Border Patrol officers, intervened and took the man out of the flight.



The passengers and crew members of the flight were not harmed. The man was later handed over to the FBI.



This was the first incident in 10 years, when two military jets intercepted a commercial flight because of an in-flight occurrence.

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