Of the 1000’s of cancellations and delays of airline flights previously month, most have been brought on by Covid-19 outbreaks or perilous climate. However a flight from Honduras to Miami on Tuesday was delayed for a extra novel motive — a passenger stormed the cockpit and apparently tried to climb out a window.
Whereas an American Airways flight was boarding at Ramón Villeda Morales Worldwide Airport in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, the passenger rushed into the open cockpit and “brought about injury to the plane,” the airline stated in an announcement on Tuesday evening.
A video posted on Twitter by a person who appeared to have been on the airport confirmed that the passenger might have been attempting to exit the airplane via a cockpit window.
Crew members intervened earlier than the native authorities apprehended the person, American stated.
“We applaud our excellent crew members for his or her professionalism in dealing with a troublesome state of affairs,” the assertion stated.
It was unclear what the person’s motive was. American Airways referred additional inquiries to the native authorities, which didn’t reply to emails or cellphone calls on Tuesday evening.
No matter motivation, the passenger’s actions on Tuesday compelled his fellow passengers to attend round seven hours for a brand new plane.
The flight was initially scheduled to take off simply earlier than 3 p.m., however American stated in its assertion that the flight was set to depart round 9:30 p.m. as an alternative. The airline’s website confirmed an excellent later departure time: 10:40 p.m.
The passengers have been anticipated to land in Miami round 2 a.m. Wednesday, in line with the airline’s web site.
The delay got here simply as thousands of flights have been disrupted during the holiday travel rush. Between Friday and Sunday, round 5,000 flights have been canceled, in line with FlightAware, an information monitoring service.
The listing of woes is lengthy for airways, which over the pandemic have handled journey slowdowns, passenger violence and employees calling in sick at excessive charges because the Omicron variant has unfold at an astonishing velocity.