Great scare on the track
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Two passengers aboard a Delta flight that was preparing to take off from LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in New York opened a door of the plane and went down the emergency slide with their dogconfirmed an airline spokesperson.
The couple was traveling on flight 462 to Atlanta and when they left the Airbus A321 they caused the takeoff to be aborted, around 10:55 a.m. yesterday, according to police sources and a spokesman for the airline.
Antonio Murdock, 31, told Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) police that his post traumatic stress disorder it was unleashed on the plane. He and his partner, Brianna Greco (23) were arrested after the incident.
Brian Plummer, who was also on Flight 462, told The New York Times who saw the couple and their dog changing seats several times as the plane prepared to depart. Later, Murdock got up and told a flight attendant that he was unable to sit up due to his post-traumatic stress disorder. “If I sit down, I’ll be scared,” he said, according to Plummer.
Murdock and Greco, both from Florida, were charged with trespassing, reckless danger, disorderly conduct and obstruction of government administration. Nobody was hurt in the incident.
The plane returned to the gate and the rest of the passengers were placed on other flights. “Maintenance technicians have evaluated the aircraft and it was scheduled to return to service” last night, Delta added in a statement cited by New York Post.
Delta Flight 462 was delayed for hours after a male passenger forced open a cabin door while the plane was taxiing. He and his companions slid their way out of the plane. https://t.co/n9eakRdj8k
– NYT Metro (@NYTMetro) December 22, 2020