US Airways Flight Attendants Attacked On Plane in Charlotte

By Paul Riegler on 1 February 2015
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Passengers at a gate in Charlotte earlier in January

Passengers at a gate in Charlotte earlier in January

Two US Airways crewmembers were assaulted by a passenger during taxi earlier in the week.

Shortly after US Airways Flight 2005 pushed back from the gate on Tuesday, a passenger started to scream and then punched two flight attendants.  The plane, which was en route to Fort Lauderdale, returned to the gate and one flight attendant was carried off the aircraft on a stretcher and taken to hospital.

The story was first reported by WCNC TV of Charlotte.  Eyewitnesses told WCNC reporters that the suspect in the case had been screaming about assassins before striking the crewmembers.

Reporter Glenn Counts said that “Officers say a passenger started yelling and screaming. When the attendants went to investigate, the suspect allegedly punched both of them.”

The flight took off at 7:27 p.m., one hour and 12 minutes later than scheduled for Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport without further incident.  It arrived there 45 minutes late.  US Airways is a subsidiary of American Airlines, following their merger in 2013.

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