Eyewitness to American Airlines flight hijacked by unruly traveler: He ‘wanted to bring the plane down’


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An eyewitness who was on an American Airlines flight, bound for Washington DC but forced to land in Kansas City, speaks out after an unruly passenger allegedly tried to storm the cockpit and open the door aircraft door in mid-flight.

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Mouaz Moustafa joined “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday to discuss the mayhem, saying that while the man does not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, he said he mentioned he “wanted to bring down the plane”.

“He was attacking the crew and passengers who were trying to overpower him and really trying to get into the cockpit and then trying to open the plane door in the type of emergency latch,” Moustafa said. to co-host Brian Kilmeade.

“He grabbed the plane’s exit door. He’s a big guy… the air pressure might make it almost impossible to open the door, but he actually kind of got it. moved a few centimeters, and it was scary,” he continued.

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(Mouaz Moustafa/@soccermouaz)

According to Moustafa, the incident happened on Sunday mid-flight, which departed Los Angeles and was originally bound for the nation’s capital.

The plane landed in Kansas City after 2:00 p.m., having descended in just a few minutes.

“You had maybe four or five people trying to subdue him while the flight attendant was sort of trying to knock him out by repeatedly hitting him on the head with the coffee maker over and over until “He was finally down. There was blood, everything, and people still had to pin him down until we landed,” Moustafa said.

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Moustafa praised the flight attendants and passengers involved in containing the individual, calling them “heroes”.

“The American Airlines crew and the brave front passengers, including I think he was a gentleman from the Air Force Reserve and others, were real heroes for stepping in and doing the right thing and make sure it’s a happy ending,” he said.

Authorities, including the FBI and other law enforcement officials, were waiting for the unruly passenger when the plane crash-landed.


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