MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A Miami-bound American Airlines flight had to be grounded Tuesday night after a passenger rushed into the cockpit and damaged some controls.
American Airlines confirmed the incident in a statement, adding that the individual has since been taken into custody by local law enforcement.READ MORE: Man Held Without Bond In Killing Of Baby, Babysitter In Coral Springs
According to the airline, during boarding of a flight from San Pedro Sula, Honduras to Miami, the passenger “entered the open flight deck and caused damage to the aircraft.”READ MORE: Report: South Florida Counties Have High COVID Levels, Despite CDC Numbers
CBS News has learned that after damaging the flight controls, the traveler tried exiting through a cockpit window when a pilot intervened.
As a result of the damage, the plane was grounded. A replacement aircraft is on its way. The flight was scheduled to re-depart at 9:30 p.m. local time.MORE NEWS: COVID-19 Testing Site Finder
“We applaud our outstanding crew members for their professionalism in handling a difficult situation,” American Airlines said in a statement.