A commercial flight headed to New York City from Tokyo was forced to make a diverted landing at Anchorage when one of the passengers ran “berserk.” The All Nippon Airways Flight 10 landed in Anchorage to unload Nobuya Michael Ochinero, who went wild while on the international flight.
Flight 10, which was supposed to be a direct flight from Tokyo to John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City, had to stop by Anchorage to let the 38-year old man out. A fellow passenger on the flight, Human Rights Watch deputy executive director Chuck Lustig said he noticed Ochinero seeming volatile even as he boarded the plane. “He was berserk from the moment he got on the plane. He was yelling and screaming, spitting on the floor. He was smacking the back of my seat and other passengers’ seats,” said Lustig. When Ochinero began bothering the flight attendants, yelling and making “crazy grunts,” which was nothing “really intelligible,“ the members of the crew tried to calm how down and thought of a way to keep him from causing any other ruckus. The crew tied Ochinero in his seat using a zip-tie handcuffs, while he tried to spit at them and other passengers. Two men sat near Ochinero to guard him as the plane prepared to make a diverted landing in Alaska.
Some passengers were distressed with what happened but lauded the crew for handling the incident well. A spokesperson from ANA said that they are still investigating the incident to know what transpired on the flight, as it is not clear whether Ochinero was drunk that time or mentally unstable. After he was accosted in Anchorage and brought to the Anchorage Correctional Complex, the flight resumed without incident to New York.
[via Anchorage Daily News]