Scare on commercial flight prompts jet escort
CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) -- Escorted by two F-16 fighter jets, an American Airlines jetlliner flying from Los Angeles, California, landed in Chicago after a mentally impaired passenger tried to get into the cockpit, the FBI said.
The jet, carrying 162 people, landed safely Monday afternoon, the FBI said. Nobody was injured and nobody was arrested, agency officials said.
"We're not looking at this as a terrorist incident," American Airlines spokeswoman Mary Fagan said.
The Boeing 767 -- flight 1238 -- landed at O'Hare International Airport, its destination point, at 3:16 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration said. The flight's pilot requested the military escort.
The passenger who tried to get into the cockpit was a "mentally challenged boy" traveling with his father, FBI agent Ross Rice said. Fagan said the troublesome passenger was a man, and did not know if he was traveling with his father or was alone.
The pilot did not know what was happening on the other side of the cockpit door and either radioed for help or hit a hijack alert button, Rice said.
Two F-16s responded and "winged" the aircraft down to the runway without incident, officials said.
Other passengers and the father subdued the boy, Rice said. A government source told CNN authorities removed the unruly passenger from the plane before it arrived at the gate, then taxied to the gate so the rest of the passengers could disembark.
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