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Unruly passenger detained, released after flight diverted to Tucson

Posted: 8:18 AM, Aug 10, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-10 19:27:47Z

Officials detained an unruly passenger on a United Airlines Express flight Thursday, following a diversion due to weather. He was sent to the hospital and then released. No charges have been filed against him.

United flight 5663 was headed from Los Angeles and scheduled to land in Phoenix at 11:55 p.m. The flight eventually landed in Phoenix in the 2 a.m. hour.

The man was detained Friday and hospitalized with undisclosed injuries. 

SkyWest, which operated the flight, releases this statement:

The crew of SkyWest flight 5663, operating as United Express from Los Angeles to Phoenix, requested law enforcement meet the aircraft at the gate due to an unruly passenger onboard. The flight then diverted to Tucson due to weather conditions in Phoenix. The flight landed safely in Tucson, where law enforcement met the aircraft and detained the passenger. The flight later continued to Phoenix.

According to Tucson International Airport spokeswoman Jessie Butler, passengers helped restrain the man after he wouldn't listen to flight crew instructions.

An earlier version of the story incorrectly reported that the flight was diverted to Tucson due to the unruly passenger. The flight had already been diverted to Tucson due to weather.