Man Arrested After Attempting To Open Plane Door (Photos)

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A man was escorted off of a flight after he attempted to pry open the side door of the plane during its descent.

Flight crews on an American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Minneapolis worked quickly to subdue and subsequently remove a man who attempted to pry open a door during the flight, according to WCCO.

Other passengers witnessed the man's actions and also tried to prevent him from opening the door, holding him down until flight crews could restrain him until landing.

"There was a lot of yelling and screaming," said passenger Richard Munassi. "I thought perhaps two of the passengers had gotten into maybe a fist fight." The man's motive for opening the door remains unclear.

"It wasn’t immediately after (the pilot) letting us know that we were in descent," said Munassi. "It was a couple of minutes afterward so he had a plan to open that door as we were getting close to the ground."

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Other witnesses noted the quick thinking by other passengers and the flight crews as reasons why the situation did not escalate.

"I think American Airlines did a great job, especially the pilot of the plane kind of keeping everything in order and keeping everyone calm," Manassi said. He also described the landing as one of the quickest and most abrupt he'd ever experienced, as well as noting the heightened sensitivity after the incident.

"Everyone was dead quiet on the flight. You could cut the tension with a knife," he said.

CBS News reached out for comment from American Airlines but was told to contact the FBI for more information regarding the issue. Upon landing, the passenger was promptly taken into custody by local authorities. Witnesses said the man appeared emotionless and did not say anything.

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WCCO also reported they reached out to the FBI for more information but did not hear back prior to press time Aug. 20.

Altercations on airplanes seem to have spiked in 2017, with several high-profile incidents between passengers and crews and passengers themselves making headlines. Most notably, a man was forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight in April after refusing to give up his seat when the airline overbooked, according to The New York Times.

Two men also came to blows on a Southwest Airlines flight to Oakland over what appeared to be a seating issue, reports CNN. One of those men was booked on misdemeanor battery and held at a local jail during a layover.

Sources: WCCO, CBS News, The New York Times, CNN / Featured Image: Oliver Holzbauer/Flickr /  Embedded Images: Richard Munassi via Daily Mail

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