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Alaska-Bound Plane Nosedives after 18-Year-Old Passenger Takes Over, Passengers Safe

Image used for representation. (Photo: Ryan Air)

Image used for representation. (Photo: Ryan Air)

An 18-year-old passenger got up from his seat and took control of the yoke before the pilot was able to regain control of the plane with help from passengers who pulled the man away.

A plane nosediving can be one of the scariest experiences for the passengers in the plane and even more so, when it is happening after one of the passengers take over the aircraft. That might sound like something out of a horror movie but this scare became a reality for an Alaska-bound plane. And the one who took over the aircraft was just an 18-year-old.

A passenger on a plane bound for a tiny western Alaska community took control of the plane's yoke and caused it to nosedive before the pilot was able to regain control and safely land the aircraft, Alaska State Troopers said. The incident occurred Wednesday on a flight between Bethel and Aniak, which is about 90 miles (145 kilometres) northeast of Bethel. Troopers said a preliminary investigation showed that an 18-year-old passenger got up from his seat and took control of the yoke before the pilot was able to regain control of the plane with help from passengers who pulled the man away.

The plane had six people on board, troopers said in an online report. The plane landed safely in Aniak, and the 18-year-old was arrested, troopers said. Messages left by The Associated Press for a troopers spokesperson, the Federal Aviation Administration and the local district attorney were not immediately returned Thursday.

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Dan Wheeler, station manager for Ryan Air in Aniak, referred calls to the airline corporate office in Anchorage. A message left there was not immediately returned.

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first published:July 10, 2021, 20:36 IST