Firefighters and police gathered on a plane that came in from Indianapolis and landed at La Guardia Airport on Saturday afternoon after a “security incident”, according to a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman.
The plane landed shortly after 3 p.m. and all passengers got off safely, said spokesman Steve Kulm.
The flight, a Republic Airways aircraft operating as American 4817, declared an emergency and landed “in response to passenger behavior towards the end of the flight,” said a Republic spokesman Jon Austin.
“After exiting the active runway, the aircraft stopped on a taxiway and performed a precautionary emergency evacuation,” said Austin. “Our crew responded to the situation in accordance with our procedures and with professionalism and concern for the safety of everyone on board. Law enforcement and first responders hit the plane and the passenger involved in the incident was taken into custody. “
American Airlines announced that the flight had 76 passengers and four crew members. The airline said no injuries were reported to passengers or crew members.
The person who was taken into custody was not identified and it was not clear what behavior had been observed.
A Video Taken from the runway, rescue workers showed a man lying on his stomach as passengers stood nearby. In another videoThe evacuated passengers should “step back” and give the emergency services and the man space.
The US Department of Homeland Security and the FBI did not respond to emails or phone calls on Saturday afternoon.
According to FlightAware, the flight took off at around 1 p.m. from Indianapolis International Airport.