Firefighters and police gathered on a plane that was traveling from Indianapolis and landed at La Guardia Airport on Saturday afternoon following a “security incident,” according to a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman.
Spokesman Steve Kulm said the plane landed after 3 p.m. and all passengers ejected safely.
A Republic Airways plane, operating as US 4817, declared a state of emergency and landed “in response to passenger behavior near the end of the flight”, said John Austin, a Republican spokesman.
“Upon exiting the active runway, the aircraft stopped on a taxiway and conducted a precautionary emergency evacuation,” said Mr. Austin. “Our crew responded to the situation in accordance with our procedures and with professionalism and concern for the safety of all. Law enforcement and first responders met with the aircraft and the passenger involved in the incident has been taken into custody.
American Airlines said the flight had 76 passengers and four crew members. The airline said no injuries were reported to any passengers or crew members.
The person detained could not be identified and it was not clear what behavior had attracted attention.
a Video Emergency responders taken from the tarmac were shown surrounding a man who was on his stomach as passengers stood nearby. in another video, the evacuated passengers are asked to “retreat” and give space to the responders and the man.
The US Department of Homeland Security and the FBI did not respond to emails or phone calls Saturday afternoon.
According to data from FlightAware, the flight took off from Indianapolis International Airport at around 1 pm.