Violent Passenger Causes Detroit-Bound Paris Flight to Divert to Canada

by Anthony Losanno

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Delta Air Lines flight DL97 diverted to Stephenville Dymond International Airport (YJT) today after an unruly passenger became violent en route from Paris Charles de Gaulle Aiport (CDG) to Detroit Metro Airport (DTW).

DL97 Diversion

As WXYZ Detroit reported, the 34-year-old American passenger became aggressive and violent. He was restrained by the crew. The man managed to break free and had to be restrained by six passengers until the aircraft safely landed. The man was removed from the aircraft by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

A video of the man being escorted from the plane can be watched here.

The official statement from Delta reads:

Delta has zero tolerance for unruly behavior, especially when it potentially compromises the safety of our customers and flight crew. This unruly customer was removed at Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador, and remanded to the custody of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.”

Delta A330

Luckily, nothing more serious happened in flight and the A330 arrived in Detroit around two hours late with no injuries caused to any of the 260 passengers.

Passenger Dena Haddad told WXYZ Detroit:

There was someone being violent and they wouldn’t calm down. We wanted to get here as soon as possible. It was scary for a little bit.”

Another passenger added:

He was ready to throw hands. The whole back of the plane was interacting with him.”

Anthony’s Take: Little information has been released around what might have set the man off. Luckily, the crew and passengers were able to restrain the man and get the plane on the ground safely.

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