Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Fighter Jets Scrambled To Escort Maui-Bound Plane Back To PDX

A passenger's threatening behavior forced a plane to turn around and head back to Portland Wednesday.

The Maui-bound Hawaiian Airlines plane was turned around during the flight and landed safely at PDX.

Transportation Security Administration officials said in a statement that "the captain made a decision to return the plane to Portland due to a suspicious passenger who made threatening remarks and refused to store his carry-on bag."

Officials with the Portland Air National Guard Base said two fighter jets were scrambled at 1 p.m. to escort the plane down.

Hawaiian Airlines said Flight 39 left for Maui from PDX at 10:10 a.m. and was an hour-and-a-half into its direct flight when the crew turned the plane around and brought the plane citing issues with two passengers.