LINCOLN (AP) — An international flight en route from Jamaica to Canada landed in Nebraska early Tuesday after an unruly passenger tried to open the plane's door.
Sunwing Airlines Flight 739 landed in Lincoln with about 140 passengers at 12:22 a.m. Tuesday. The Boeing 737 spent 5.5 hours on the tarmac while the FBI investigated before continuing on to its destination of Calgary.
The accounts of airport, police and airline officials differed somewhat, so it wasn't clear Tuesday exactly what happened on the plane before the 48-year-old Calgary man became agitated.
But federal prosecutors declined to file any charges in the incident that happened about four hours into the flight.
Sunwing spokesman Daryl McWilliams said the incident began when four women on the flight taunted the 48-year-old man. The man became quite agitated and tried to open the plane's door.
"That is an extremely serious offense," McWilliams said.
Once the plane landed, the man was taken to a Lincoln hospital.
The four women who were involved in the incident were also removed from the flight, McWilliams said.
Lincoln police officer Katie Flood said the man had a panic attack.
FBI spokeswoman Sandy Breault said investigators determined that there was never any threat to the plane.
Airport Police Chief Robert Ziemer said alcohol was involved in the incident, but he didn't say which passengers had been drinking.
Federal prosecutor Doug Semisch said the U.S. Attorney's office reviewed the investigation and determined not to file any charges, but he declined to discuss any details of the incident.
None of the officials would release the names of the passengers involved in the incident.
Once the plane reached its final destination, the airline gave passengers a letter of explanation and $75 vouchers for future flights.
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