A Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago headed to Sacramento had to be landed in Nebraska on Sunday when a passenger tried to jump out of the plane as it was in the air.
Joshua Carl Lee Suggs, a man from Sacramento, was reportedly acting strange the entire flight before he attempted to exit the aircraft. He was charged with interfering with flight crew and is expected to appear in court on Wednesday.
A video from someone’s phone shows Suggs being taken off of flight 722 by authorities when it landed in Eppley Airfield in Omaha. Witnesses say they heard screaming coming from the back of the plane and an attendant yelling, “Help me! Help me!” as Suggs attempted to open one of the emergency exits.
A doctor on board and other passengers reacted promptly. “I ran to the back of the plane. At that point in time I was joined by about two other people,” Dr. Scott Porter said. “We basically tackled the — I don’t want to say gentleman — but the guy who was back there and pinned him down and restrained him.”
Another passenger, Monique Lawler, told a news station in Los Angeles that she saw Suggs come out of the bathroom at one point during the flight and he was soaking wet.
No injuries were reported and the flight with 5 crew members and 134 passengers landed safely in Sacramento two hours later than scheduled.