varigb707 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1291 posts, RR: 1 Posted (1 year 10 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3235 times:
Wow, that is crazy. Never heard of such attacks in brazilian airspace... Oh well, there's always one on every continent....
Brazil jet makes forced stop after pilot attack
By BRADLEY BROOKS | Associated Press – 25 mins ago
SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian airliner safely made a forced landing after a passenger had a "psychotic attack," entered the cockpit and assaulted a pilot, crew members and passengers who tried to subdue him, witnesses said.
The TAM Airlines jet was en route from Montevideo, Uruguay, to Sao Paulo when a man who some passengers said was wearing a TAM identification badge got into the cockpit because the door was open. Shortly after, the plane dove to the right, causing passengers to scream and the pilot to yell for help over the speaker system.
"All of a sudden shouts were heard from inside the cabin, and two stewardesses came out asking for help and grabbing a young man by his feet," one unidentified passenger told Uruguay's El Pais newspaper. "The people quickly jumped on top of him, the guy fought back furiously, biting and hurting a half dozen people.
"In a kind of collective action they were able to immobilize him, tying him to a seat."
Uruguay's Industry Minister Roberto Kreimerman was on board the Saturday afternoon flight, leading a trade delegation that was on its way to China. He told Uruguayan newspaper El Observador that when the plane veered sharply, passengers started screaming and fearing for their lives.
The jet safely landed at the Porto Alegre airport in southern Brazil about 20 minutes after the incident with the man subdued in the rear of the plane, a police spokesman said Sunday. The suspect was arrested by federal police and taken to a mental care facility.
TAM confirmed the incident in a brief emailed statement, but offered few details.
Flight 8047 "landed at the Porto Alegre airport because of an uproar on board. ... The incident is being investigated by authorities, with the collaboration of the company," the statement read.
An airline spokeswoman in Sao Paulo would not confirm if the cockpit was breached nor if the attacker was a TAM employee, as passengers told newspapers in Brazil and Uruguay.
"It seemed as if we were in a movie about the 9/11 attacks," passenger Matias Velazco, a former journalist for El Observador, told the newspaper.
He said it took about 10 minutes for crew members and passengers to subdue the man.
"Four of them tried to hold him down and they couldn't. One tried to give him an injection to sedate him, another hit him and still they couldn't control him," Velazco said.
The suspect was eventually tied up with plastic handcuffs, taken to the rear of the plane and pinned into a back seat.
The unidentified passenger who spoke to the El Pais newspaper said that "the man injured various passengers, biting them and hitting them. Luckily that was the worst that happened, but it could have been a tragedy."
Federal police inspector Luiz Daiello told Porto Alegre's Zero Hora newspaper the suspect had "suffered a psychotic attack" while on board. The man calmed down as the plane was landing.
But Daiello said once federal police tried to take the man into custody, he became violent, and had to be subdued with a stun gun before being taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation.
Associated Press writers Michael Warren in Buenos Aires and Raul Garces in Montevideo contributed to this report.
Not all countries take the threat to the cockpit as seriously as we do in the US. I suspect after this incident it will create an awareness and a reaction by the Brazil authorities regarding cockpit security. Unfortunately this is the world we live in today and the cockpit needs to be protected at all times from intrusion.
andrefranca From Brazil, joined May 2011, 536 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (1 year 10 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2050 times:
Quoting tonytifao (Reply 3): Most of the time the one of the pilots are in the back hitting on hot young crew
That's a fact, or watching porn on their IPad inside the cabin as I saw myself while riding on the jump-seat once to GRU... I worked for years to one airline in brazil i'm not goin' to name of course, but there's a single number to open the cockpit door, I think it's a kind of "standard" number, each airline might have the same code to all its acft right?
Quoting varigb707 (Thread starter): some passengers said was wearing a TAM identification badge got into the cockpit because the door was open.
Maybe a stand by employee wantin' to revenge for the mistreatment he received by the ground crew LOL! I know JJ is famous in brazil for mistreating its own stand-by employees!