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Soccer team members help subdue man on flight

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FBI: Soccer team members help subdue man on flight
By Richard Green, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


OKLAHOMA CITY – An American Airlines flight from Boston to Los Angeles was diverted to Oklahoma City on Friday after a passenger stripped nude and later tried to open an emergency exit door before being subdued by members of a professional soccer team and others, the FBI said.

Members of the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer were among those who grabbed the passenger near an exit door, FBI spokesman Gary Johnson said. Tie wraps were placed on the man, whose name was not immediately released. He was taken into custody in Oklahoma City and placed under psychiatric evaluation, Johnson said.

American Flight 725, a Boeing 757, arrived in Oklahoma City at 1:35 p.m. CDT and was back in the air an hour later, said American Airlines spokesman Tim Smith. It landed without further incident at Los Angeles International Airport at 3:13 p.m. PDT.

Craig Tornberg, the soccer team’s general manager, said he confronted the man as soon as he saw him emerge naked from one of the plane’s restrooms.

“I said he should get back into the bathroom and put on his clothes,” Tornberg said after the plane landed in Los Angeles. “He said something strange to me. He said, ‘I don’t hear you. I don’t see you.’ ”

Tornberg said the man complied and got dressed but a few minutes later “made a beeline for the emergency door.”

Tornberg said he, assistant coach Gwynne Williams and Michael Burns, the team’s vice president for player personnel, grabbed the man and forced him into a seat while a flight attendant tied him up.

“It was strange, but when he put his hands on the exit door – that brought it to another level,” Burns said. “Clearly, he wasn’t thinking straight.”

The pilot diverted the flight to Will Rogers World Airport where the man was removed.

“He was taken into custody by the Oklahoma City Police Department and taken to a crisis center for a mental evaluation,” Johnson said.

Shortly before the incident, Tornberg said he saw the man, described as clean-cut and in his early 20s, crying and “talking a lot of gibberish.”

The soccer team was on its way to Southern California for a game on Sunday against Chivas USA at California State University, Fullerton. Its members were among 151 passengers and seven crew members on the flight.

As passengers left the plane in Los Angeles, several indicated they had taken the incident in stride.

Gillian Callaghan, who was traveling with her 12-year-old son, said she never panicked because the flight crew seemed to keep things well under control. She said she felt sorry for the man.

“He was just having some troubles, confused, not a scary guy,” she said.

http://sports.yahoo.com/sow/news?slu...&type=lgns


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“He was just having some troubles, confused, not a scary guy,” she said.

stupid lady would have been in trouble too if they guy opened the emergency door. stories like these make me want to never go back on a plane more and more. i've been on a plane one time and just being in that small little area in the sky for 2 hours was bad enough.


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[quote author=killerkitty link=topic=118039.msg2475565#msg2475565 date=1216475944]
“He was just having some troubles, confused, not a scary guy,” she said.

stupid lady would have been in trouble too if they guy opened the emergency door. stories like these make me want to never go back on a plane more and more. i've been on a plane one time and just being in that small little area in the sky for 2 hours was bad enough.
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one time for 2 hrs? thats not even a plane ride lol -_-



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it was the scariest 2 hours of my life


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i would have knocked this guy out in a second. wow thats crazy


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yeah a two hour flight is nothing it's just boring...turbulence is fun though! :P


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[quote author=araw at bituin link=topic=118039.msg2478068#msg2478068 date=1216608261]
[quote author=killerkitty link=topic=118039.msg2475565#msg2475565 date=1216475944]
“He was just having some troubles, confused, not a scary guy,” she said.

stupid lady would have been in trouble too if they guy opened the emergency door. stories like these make me want to never go back on a plane more and more. i've been on a plane one time and just being in that small little area in the sky for 2 hours was bad enough.
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one time for 2 hrs? thats not even a plane ride lol -_-
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Yeah that's barely even puddle-jumping territory. Once you've been on a 20-hour flight to Aussieland, then you can complain, and even then it couldn't possibly be scary because on a widebody jet you hardly even know you're in the air most of the time... hell, last time i was on a 777 I didn't even feel the plane touch down and I was in the back! :P killerkitty, take a flight on a 767 or 777 or 747 sometime and sit in the middle row...if that's scary, then there's no hope

Speaking of scary, anyone ever land at LGA in fog? Looking out the window is something like this: fog, fog, fog, ohshitwater--touchdown. I walked right up to the pilot after that and asked "was that landing as fun for you as it was for us?"


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2hrs is a long flight? Dang, I wish all my flights were that short. Flying rarely scares me, I think only once has it really scared me. That was during landing when the turbulance was so bad we were routinely dropping 1-2ft in the air all the way down along with variable winds. We had a pretty hard landing since that happened right as we were about to touch down so the land gear hit pretty hard (we 'dropped' the last foot or so to the runway). That got me a little nervous.

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[quote author=killerkitty link=topic=118039.msg2475565#msg2475565 date=1216475944]
“He was just having some troubles, confused, not a scary guy,” she said.

stupid lady would have been in trouble too if they guy opened the emergency door. stories like these make me want to never go back on a plane more and more. i've been on a plane one time and just being in that small little area in the sky for 2 hours was bad enough.
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.....Thats nothing...Try flying a whole day and night to get to Germany. THAT'S a long ride

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[quote author=FusionManiac19 link=topic=118039.msg2480041#msg2480041 date=1216674732]
[quote author=killerkitty link=topic=118039.msg2475565#msg2475565 date=1216475944]
“He was just having some troubles, confused, not a scary guy,” she said.

stupid lady would have been in trouble too if they guy opened the emergency door. stories like these make me want to never go back on a plane more and more. i've been on a plane one time and just being in that small little area in the sky for 2 hours was bad enough.
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.....Thats nothing...Try flying a whole day and night to get to Germany. THAT'S a long ride
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damn and i thought flying to alaska was bad

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