Flight makes unplanned stop in Texas after passenger ‘made terror threats’

An American Airlines flight to Dallas was forced to make an unplanned stop after a passenger made a terror threat and threatened passengers, according to police.

Jerry Ba Nguyen, 24, was traveling on the red-eye from Ontario, California to Dallas on Thursday morning when he threatened other passengers, according to an arrest affidavit.

Pilots landed in Lubbock, Texas, where Nguyen was taken to the hospital, then to the Lubbock County jail, according to airport and law enforcement officials.


Other passengers helped flight attendants restrain Nguyen, American Airlines said.

Nguyen, of San Jose, has been charged with making terror threats. He is accused of banging on the cockpit door during Flight 2542, according to NBC 5.

Nguyen was acting strange and got up from his seat suddenly, walked to the cockpit and started yelling, another passenger told the airline.


Several people forced him to the ground and Nguyen was escorted out of the plane by police officers, according to other passengers.

The flight landed in Lubbock at 5:17 am and was delayed by about an hour. It continued to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and landed at 7:12 am.

The Boeing 737 left Ontario with 143 passengers aboard, including an infant, plus six crew members.