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Officials: JFK-bound flight diverted due to disruptive passenger

An American Airlines passenger aircraft (Boeing 737) arrives

An American Airlines passenger aircraft (Boeing 737) arrives at the gate at LaGuardia Airport in New York City, New York. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Robert Alexander

An American Airlines flight from Phoenix, bound for Kennedy Airport, was diverted Tuesday night to the Wichita Airport because of a disruptive passenger, the airline said.

Flight 622 landed safely about 7:21 p.m. Tuesday, and Wichita Airport police responded, having been notified of a disturbance on the aircraft, said Valerie Wise, media spokeswoman for the Wichita Airport Authority.

Airport police arrested the passenger on related charges, she said, and he was taken to the Sedgwick County jail in Wichita. The FBI is assisting with the investigation, she said.

The flight resumed, arriving at Kennedy at 11:57 p.m.

On board the Airbus A321 were 134 people, including six crew members.


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