Southwest Airlines passenger said Jesus told her to open plane door, feds say – FOX13 News Memphis

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A woman who caused a disturbance on a Southwest Airlines flight over the weekend told passengers that Jesus told her to open the plane door after she left Houston, according to court documents.

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According to the FBI, Southwest Airlines Flight 192, which was headed for Columbus, Ohio, from Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport on Saturday made an emergency landing at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, Arkansas KARK reported. -TV.

Flight attendants said Elom Agbegninou, 34, tried to pull the handle of the exit door at the rear of the plane during the flight, KTRK-TV reported. Agbegninou appeared in federal court Tuesday morning, and in a federal complaint, prosecutors said he committed assault within maritime and territorial jurisdictions and interfered with crew members and flight attendants, according to the Arkansas Democrat. -Gazette.

The disturbance reportedly started when Agbegninou tried to open an exit door at the rear of the plane during the flight, according to court documents. At the time, the aircraft was flying at 37,000 feet, KARK reported.

Flight attendants told officers that Agbegninou pushed one of them and began pulling on the exit door handle before being restrained, KTHV-TV reported. A passenger who helped restrain Agbegninou was bitten on the right thigh, according to the television station.

Court documents indicate that Agbegninou allegedly told the victim that “Jesus told him to fly to Ohio” and to open the plane door, KTHV reported.

Local authorities encountered the plane after it landed in Little Rock and Agbegninou was removed from the plane, according to KTRK.

The victim was taken to a Little Rock hospital for treatment of the bite, the Democrat-Gazette reported. The federal complaint states that the victim is a military veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety; the victim called a veteran crisis hotline after the incident, according to the newspaper.

Agbegninou told investigators that he was traveling to Maryland to stay with a family friend, the Democrat-Gazette reported. She bought a ticket that same day without telling her husband and she boarded the plane without luggage, according to the newspaper.

During Tuesday’s hearing, Agbegninou’s lawyer raised concerns about the defendant’s mental capacity to stand trial, according to court records. He has been turned over to the custody of the US Marshals Service until an evaluation is complete, according to the Democrat-Gazette.


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