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Flight to London turns back after woman allegedly attacks passengers, tries to open door

A photo taken by an eyewitness shows the woman who allegedly attacked other passengers and tried to open the door to the plane over the Atlantic Ocean. (Photo: Samantha Brady)

An American Airlines red-eye flight from Charlotte to London abruptly turned back early Thursday morning after a woman allegedly attacked other passengers and tried to open the door to the plane over the Atlantic Ocean, officials confirm to ABC7.

According to local woman who was also on board the flight, the woman attacked several people, "started strangling a woman in front of her" and then was trying to open the door of the plane. The passenger says a couple of men grabbed the woman. The woman wasn't subdued though, according to the passenger, and so three men sat on her to keep her contained.

Instead of continuing on the way to London, the plane made a U-turn and flew to Philadelphia, where officers escorted her off the plan.

A TSA spokesperson confirmed to ABC7 that there was an incident on the flight which led to the flight to turning back to Philadelphia. FBI officials say officers responded in Philadelphia and that it was a medical issue.

The flight, which took off from Charlotte at 9:48 p.m. on Wednesday, arrived in Philadelphia at 5:37 a.m. Thursday morning.

An American Airlines spokesperson told ABC7 News the airline could not add another flight from to London Heathrow Airport due to limitations on arrivals there. All passengers were rebooked on flights to London, or their final destinations, today. The airline also says passengers were booked a hotel room overnight.


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