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American Airlines flight diverted to Denver after passenger assaulted flight attendant

DENVER (KDVR) – A flight to Denver was diverted Wednesday evening after a passenger assaulted a flight attendant.

An airport official confirmed that the flight, which departed from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, diverted to Denver on its way to John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California.

American Airlines Flight 976 with service from New York (JFK) to Santa Ana (SNA) was diverted to Denver (DEN) due to a passenger physically assaulting a flight attendant. The plane landed safely and made its way to the gate where law enforcement removed and arrested the passenger .

American Airlines said the flight attendant was taken to a local hospital.

FlightAware shows Flight 976 departed at 4:29 p.m. ET and arrived in Denver at 6:38 p.m. MMT.

According to American Airlines, the flight attendant is a woman and she was injured.

The airline said the responsible passenger would be barred from American Airlines flights.

The FBI is investigating.

American Airlines issued this statement in response to the incident:

We are outraged by the reports about what happened on the plane. American Airlines will not tolerate acts of violence against members of our team. We’ve engaged local law enforcement and the FBI and are working with them to ensure they have all the information they need. The individual involved in this incident will never be permitted to fly with American Airlines in the future, but we will not be satisfied until he is prosecuted to the fullest extent permitted by law. This behavior must stop, aggressive application of the law and prosecution of the law is the best deterrent.

We thank our crew for their swift action and professionalism to ensure the safety of fellow team members and customers on board. Our thoughts are with the injured flight attendant and making sure she and her fellow crew members have the support they need at this time.

American Airlines


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