Passenger arrested at Honduras airport after storming cockpit


American Airlines Jets

American Airlines Jets


An American Airlines flight to Miami from Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport in Honduras was grounded on Tuesday night after chaos erupted in the cockpit.

According to a statement from the airline, the problems arose during the boarding phase of flight AA 488 with service from San Pedro Sula Airport to Miami International Airport.

The armored cockpit door was open at the time, however, as with all flights since the attacks of September 11, 2001, it is locked before takeoff.

“A customer entered the open cockpit and caused damage to the aircraft,” the American Airlines statement provided to the Miami Herald reads. “Crew members responded and the individual was eventually apprehended by local law enforcement.”

The flight departed with a replacement plane hours later at 10:45 p.m. and landed safely in Miami.

“We commend our outstanding crew members for their professionalism in handling a difficult situation,” the statement concluded.

Video of the incident shared on social media shows the suspect hanging from the open pilot window, apparently trying to escape before authorities got to him.

According to the Honduran newspaper La Prensa, the passenger was identified as Aaron Christopher Ebanks Fuentes, who was reportedly upset because he was asked to store his luggage.

Fuentes was taken to the La Lima police station near the airport, the outlet reported. A photo shows him restrained in a wheelchair. The charges have not been released.

An AA spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday that the suspect was now banned from the airline: “The passenger has been added to our internal denial list.”

Renowned real-time news reporter Madeleine Marr has worked for the Miami Herald since 2003. She has covered topics such as travel, fashion and food. In 2007, she helped launch the newspaper’s daily People page, attending red carpet events, award ceremonies and press junkets; interview some of the biggest names in show business; and host his own online show. She is from New York and has two daughters.


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