A United Airlines flight was forced to return to Washington, D.C., after a passenger failed to comply with crew instructions, a spokesperson for the airline said today.
Flight 1074 en route to Denver returned to Dulles International Airport shortly after takeoff late Monday. The pilots told air traffic controllers that the passenger became violent but was restrained by passengers, according to LiveATC.net.
“He ran forward towards the cockpit and he is being restrained by passengers,” said one of the pilots. “Cockpit is secure and we would like to return to the airport and have the authorities meet him.”
Law enforcement in Washington met the plane at the gate and detained the passenger, according to a statement from United Airlines. The passenger was taken to a local hospital for an evaluation, said a spokesperson for the airport.
United Airlines planned to fly the remaining passengers to Denver on Tuesday morning.