FBI identifies passenger accused of trying to breach cockpit on flight from LAX to Nashville
A passenger accused of trying to breach the cockpit of a flight from Los Angeles to Nashville has been charged with interference with flight crew members, according to KTLA sister station WKRN in Nashville.
Asiel Christian Norton was the passenger arrested after Delta Air Lines Flight 386 was diverted to Albuquerque, according to a criminal complaint.
Norton allegedly charged the front of the plane and began pounding on the door, leading to the flight deck shouting, “We need to land this plane.”
According to investigators, Norton ran to the front of the plane shortly after the first drink service and trash pickup. A flight attendant who worked in the front galley tried to usher Norton back to his seat, but he allegedly pushed the flight attendant and began pounding on the flight deck door.
Flight attendants and passengers subdued Norton and took him to the back of the aircraft. Once on the ground, Albuquerque FBI agents responded.
The criminal complaint alleges Norton “did unlawfully and knowingly assault and intimidate” a flight crew member.
Flight attendants told investigators Norton did not appear to be under the influence and had not been served alcohol while on the flight.
Norton is due in federal court in New Mexico on Tuesday morning.
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