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: Giant Asteroid To Safely Zoom By Earth On Tuesday
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: Citizen Scientists Discover Giant Jupiter-Like Planet
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: On This MLK Day, Some Mobilize To Protect Voting Rights
“We applaud our outstanding crew members for their professionalism in handling a difficult situation,” American Airlines said in a statement.