Two passengers and one crew member were injured Thursday night when a person on a Delta Air Lines flight stormed the cockpit.
Soon after leaving Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the Beijing-bound plane was forced to turn back due to a “security incident with a passenger,” Delta said in a statement.
The airline company wouldn’t elaborate on what happened, but CNN reports that a passenger attempted to break into the cockpit and had to be subdued.
Three people were hurt during the incident, although it’s not clear what injuries they suffered.
The plane, a twin-aisle Boeing 767-300ER, returned to Seattle under a Department of Defense escort around 7:40 p.m. local time.
Once the airliner had safely returned, the 23-year-old male suspect from Florida was taken into custody and then transferred to federal custody. He’s expected to appear in federal court Friday afternoon.
Delta said the plane would re-depart for Beijing later Thursday evening.
This is the latest passenger-involved incident to take place on an airliner.
On Wednesday, an American Airlines flight was delayed for hours after a woman had to be removed from the plane for yelling at flight attendants and letting her dog roam the aisle.
In video posted on Facebook by passenger Michael Nash, the unidentified woman is seen walking up and down the aisle of the plane as passengers yell at her to sit down.
The woman grabs her dog and takes a seat, but tells a flight attendant that there’s “gonne be a problem when we get to Chicago.”
The flight attendant informs the woman, and the other passengers, that the plane is returning to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where it was supposed to depart from.
According to KHOU, the woman became combative after a flight attendant asked her to place her seat in the upright position.
Police and FBI agents had to remove the woman from the plane and question passengers before the plane could leave.
A spokesman for the Atlanta airport said the woman was not arrested, and was re-booked on a different flight.