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Passengers helped stop man who rushed cockpit: ‘It gives you heart’
By Carlos Sadovi and Natalie Costa
10:57 a.m. CDT, May 9, 2011
A Hinsdale man aboard an overnight Chicago-to-San Francisco flight described this morning how passengers helped subdue a man who rushed forward and pounded on the cockpit door about half an hour before landing.
“It makes you have heart” that people are willing to get involved in times of emergency, said Ryan Sciortino.
The pilot had just announced that the plane was about a half-hour from landing when he saw a man — who appeared to be of Mideastern descent — quickly make his way up the aisle toward the cockpit, Sciortino said.
“He was walking very fast, semi-running, then passengers came up five to 10 seconds after him,” said Sciortino. “I thought it was a medical emergency or something like that.”
Sciortino said he heard a flight attendant call out for help and heard banging up front but he couldn’t see into the first-class cabin.
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“It turns out he was banging on the cockpit door trying to get inside to see the captain,” said Sciortino, 38.
He said that he didn’t think the episode was terrorism-related and just assumed that it was an unruly passenger simply acting out.
Authorities said a male flight attendant tackled the suspect, who carried a Yemen passport, and other crew members aided as the suspect banged on the cockpit door.
The Boeing 737 carrying 162 people landed safely at 9:10 p.m. and the man was taken into police custody.