Pilot Terror Scare
November 18, 2011 by staff
Pilot Terror Scare, The Post writes a “well-intentioned passenger sitting in the front row heard his thumping and hurried over to help.”
The pilot asked the man to try to alert the crew to the situation.
According to the Post’s account, the passenger eventually ended up talking with the co-pilot through the locked cckpit door. The Post’s story made no mention of where the flight attendant was during the ordeal.
As for the co-pilot, the Post reports that he thought the man’s accent sounded Middle Eastern and apparently feared the passenger had sinister intentions.
“The captain disappeared in the back, and, uh, I have someone with a thick foreign accent trying to access the cckpit,” the co-pilot is quoted by the Post as saying to air traffic control.
The lavatory-bound pilot even passed his cckpit-access code along to the passenger, but that did little to assure the co-pilot, according to the Post’s account.
“What I’m being told is he’s stuck in the lav,” the co-pilot continued, according to ABC News. “Someone with a thick foreign accent is giving me a password to access the cckpit, and I’m not about to let him in.”
At that point, the controllers advised the flight to make an emergency landing.
Then the captain freed himself from the bathroom and let himself back into the cckpit.
He explained the situation to the tower, adding: “There is no issue, no threat.”
ABC reports that fighter jets were alerted but never scrambled.
The flight landed safely around 6:30 p.m. ET and after meeting the plane on arrival the FBI and Port Authority police concluded incident was nothing more than a misunderstanding after an odd series of events.
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