Flight diverted to IND, woman arrested for striking 3 people

An American Airlines flight was diverted after a passenger struck another passenger and a flight attendant.


This report is from our sister station WISH in Indianapolis, Indiana.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A flight was diverted to Indianapolis International Airport and a passenger was arrested Monday, according to Indianapolis airport officials.

Officials say a woman became “unruly” during American Airlines flight 1284 from Miami to Chicago O’Hare Airport. She was restrained and moved to the back of the plane.

As she was being moved, she struck a flight attendant and a passenger, according to officials.

Airport police boarded the plane and took the woman into custody. During the arrest, officials say, she kicked an airport police officer.

“I was the most scared I’ve probably every been in my life because you don’t know what’s happening, and they don’t tell you anything,” explained Jim Saviano, who spoke to 24-Hour News 8 after tweeting a video of the woman being taken off the plane.

She faces multiple charges, including battery with injury, criminal recklessness, disorderly conduct and disrupting the operation of an aircraft.

The flight resumed after about a 90 minute delay, officials say.

“You just sense urgency,” Saviano added. “And then when I saw us descending really fast, it felt like… wow, something really bad is going on, because for us to have to start going down right away really quickly — you know, you imagine something is really, really wrong.”

Video posted to Twitter by Brian Salvi shows the woman being escorted off the plane.

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