In Michigan
1:04 pm
Mon February 15, 2010

Report: Man tackled during takeoff of flight in MI

LANSING, MI – A man has been removed from a plane at a Lansing airport after passengers tackled him during takeoff.

Witnesses tell WILX-TV that the man was tackled Sunday night by several passengers at Capital Region International Airport after the pilot of Delta Flight 3679 told them takeoff was delayed because of bad weather in Detroit.

Witnesses say during the delay flight attendants asked several men to move to the front of the plane, and the man was tackled after demanding to sit near the cockpit.

He was held down while the plane returned to the gate at the airport located about 80 miles west-northwest of Detroit. FBI and Transportation Security Administration officials removed him from the plane.

Messages seeking comment were left with airport, Delta, FBI and TSA officials.