American Airlines Emergency Landing at LaGuardia: Report of Suspicious Behavior Sparks Panic on Board Flight

By Kurt Stolz on 10 October 2021
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An American Airlines regional flight made an emergency landing on Saturday at LaGuardia Airport in New York City due to a passenger’s suspicious behavior and it was apparently all caused by a “misunderstanding.”

American Airlines Flight 4817, operated by Republic Airways, left Indianapolis International Airport at 1:01 p.m. local time and was en route for an on-time landing when passengers on board the aircraft reported “suspicious behavior” by another passenger, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey told reporters.

The incident, however, was due to a “misunderstanding,” officials said, without clarifying what the misunderstanding had been.

The incident caused the pilot to declare an emergency and the aircraft landed on Runway 4 with passengers exiting via emergency slides.

Video taken by one passenger and shared on social media shows firemen holding down one man on the tarmac moments after landing.

A passenger who was on the same flight told WABC Eyewitness News that the man involved in the incident had been sitting five or six rows behind him and that he heard a woman say, “Don’t do that, don’t do that” to him, although it wasn’t clear what she was referring to.

The comment, however, caused panic on the aircraft.

After landing, some people began to scream that a passenger might have had a bomb and, once the slides had been deployed, people were shoving and pushing their way off the aircraft, the passenger said.

There were no reported injuries to passengers or crew members, the Port Authority said in a statement.

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