JFK to California flight diverted to Denver after attack on flight attendant


A flight from New York City to southern California made an emergency landing after a passenger attacked a flight attendant.

Flight 976 from Kennedy Airport to John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana was diverted to Denver, following the altercation, according to ABC 7 Denver.

The plane landed safely and the suspect was arrested, according to the outlet.

“We are outraged by the reports of what took place on board. Acts of violence against our team members are not tolerated by American Airlines,” the airline reportedly said.

The flight took off from Queens just before 5 p.m., and landed in Colorado at 6:43 p.m. local time, according to Flightview, a tracking website.

Airlines have experienced a surge in violent incidents during the COVID-19 pandemic, with thousands reported to the FAA.

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