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Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Alaska Airlines flight makes an emergency landing in Seattle after passenger threatens to 'kill everybody on this plane unless you accept Jesus was a black man'

An Alaska Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Seattle, Washington on Saturday after a passenger threatened to kill everyone on board.
Video footage from the incident shows the man – wearing a face mask - moving through the cabin of Flight 422 bound for Chicago O' Hare yelling: 'I will kill everybody on this plane unless you accept Jesus was a black man.'
As he moves past alarmed passengers in their seats he is heard shouting 'accept it' and 'die in the name of Jesus' multiple times.
According to Alaska Airlines the flight took off around 11.15pm from Seattle-Tacoma airport and incident kicked off 20 minutes in.
Video shows the man moving through the cabin of Flight 422 bound for Chicago O' Hare yelling that he is going to 'kill everybody' and to just 'accept it'
He was subdued shortly afterward
Video shows the man (left) moving through the cabin of Flight 422 bound for Chicago O' Hare yelling that he is going to 'kill everybody' and to just 'accept it' before he is subdued
'The man became extremely belligerent and physically aggressive during the ascent,' an Alaska Airlines spokesperson said.
Three passengers, including a law enforcement officer, and a flight attendant helped to subdue the man.
In the clip obtained by NBC's King 5 station, the men are seen following the suspect down the aisle while everyone else is buckled in during the ascent.

One man then shoves the suspect and is joined by a second gentleman who helps to subdue him.
Video filmed by a passenger shows the pair take him down as a flight attendant rushes over with what appears to be zip ties to restrain his wrists.
A worried woman moves out of her seat before the flight attendant climbs over the chair to get to the suspect.
The clip shows others following him down the aisle
The clip shows others following him down the aisle as he threatens passengers who remain quiet
The clip shows others following him down the aisle as he threatens passengers who remain quiet
Passengers largely ignore the suspect, seen standing
One man is seen moving to get ahead of him
Passengers largely ignore the suspect, seen standing, as one man moves to get ahead of him
A man detaining the suspect is heard yelling at him to stay on the ground and one is seen reassuring passengers that everything will be okay. 
Cabin crew then announce the flight will be landing at the nearest airport. The plane was forced to return to its origin.
Following the emergency landing, the man was taken off board by Port of Seattle police. He was reportedly cooperative and booked into King County Jail. 
He was not immediately charged with a crime but he was being investigated on suspicion of harassment. His motivation was unclear.
He was unharmed during the detainment and no passengers were reported to be physically harmed.
The flight was canceled and the remaining passengers were booked on another flight to Chicago, Illinois.
After the man gets in front of him, another man grabs him from behind
A flight attendant comes over to help restrain him
After the man gets in front of him, another man grabs him from behind and a flight attendant comes over to help restrain him

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