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Unruly Phoenix passenger arrested after flight diverted to Tucson

Posted: 7:18 AM, Aug 10, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-10 18:13:45Z

Officials arrested an unruly passenger on a United Airlines flight Thursday, following a diversion due to weather.

United flight 5663 was headed from Los Angeles and scheduled to land in Phoenix at 11:55 p.m. The flight eventually landed in Phoenix in the 2 a.m. hour.

According to Tucson International Airport spokeswoman Jessie Butler, passengers helped restrain the man after he wouldn't listen to flight crew instructions.

Skywest, who operated the flight, released the following statement:

The crew of SkyWest flight 5663, operating as United Express from Los Angeles to Phoenix, requested law enforcement meet the aircraft at the gate due to an unruly passenger onboard. The flight then diverted to Tucson due to weather conditions in Phoenix. The flight landed safely in Tucson, where law enforcement met the aircraft and detained the passenger. The flight later continued to Phoenix.


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