Officials say an international flight from Jamaica to Calgary had an unexpected stop in Lincoln early Tuesday after an unruly passenger tried to open the plane's door.
Airport officials say an a 48-year-old Calgary man became unruly, refusing to sit in his seat. They say the Boeing 737 with about 140 passengers landed at the Lincoln airport just before 12:30 Tuesday morning.
Sunwing Airlines spokesman Daryl McWilliams says the incident began when four women on the flight taunted a 48-year-old Calgary man. The man became extremely agitated and tried to open the plane's door.
The plane spent 5 1/2 hours on the tarmac while the FBI investigated before continuing on to its destination of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Passengers were given $75 flight vouchers.
Lincoln Police say they were called to the Lincoln Airport at around 5:35 a.m. after the flight had been grounded for some time. Police say the man on board had a panic attack and had to be taken to the hospital.
The four women who were involved in the incident were also removed from the flight.
Because the flight wasn’t scheduled to land in the United States, airport officials say the FBI and U.S. Customs and Border Protection were alerted. They say passengers were taken off the plane and fed breakfast during the incident.
Officials say the plane left Lincoln at about six Tuesday morning.
Federal prosecutors have decided not to file charges.