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Passenger attempts to exit plane at 30,000 feet


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Passenger attempts to exit plane at 30,000 feet

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Apr 15, 2014

Joshua Carl Lee Suggs, 23, attempted to open an exit hatch door on Southwest Airlines Flight 722 at 30,000 feet. The plane was an hour into its trip from Chicago to Sacramento, Calif., on Sunday when the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing in Omaha, Neb.

“You got this bad feeling that wasn’t going right, especially when a bunch of big guys got up and immediately jumped into the aisle and ran to the back of the plane,” passenger Lori Depalma told KCRA. A group of men selflessly jumped to action and tackled the man, pinning him to the ground. Airport police took Suggs off of the plane in Nebraska.

"We had people nauseated, practically fainting, crying,” shares Natalie Lee, another Flight 722 passenger, with KCRA. 

"Federal officials said Suggs, of Sacramento, faces charges of interference with flight crew members and attendants, which is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both," further reports KCRA. Suggs is set to appear at an Omaha court on Wednesday.

A total of 135 passengers and five crew members were on Flight 722. 




Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.