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SWA In The News...

Sun Aug 13, 2000 12:42 pm


Drugs? Alcohol? Latent medical problem?

Very sad that someone only 19 checks out this way...
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RE: SWA In The News...

Sun Aug 13, 2000 3:04 pm

I didn't know a 19 year old could have a heart attack, but I suppose there are medical conditions....

That is very sad... and sort of puzzling.
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RE: SWA In The News...

Sun Aug 13, 2000 6:10 pm

Here is the news:

SALT LAKE CITY – A 19-year-old passenger on a Southwest Airlines flight tried to break into the cockpit, then died of an apparent heart attack after being taken into custody, the airline said Saturday.

The man, on a flight from Las Vegas to Salt Lake City, was pulled off the plane by airport security when it landed Friday night, said Southwest spokesman Ed Stewart.

Officers at the Salt Lake City International Airport identified the man as Jonathan Burton of Las Vegas and said he suffered a heart attack.

"The plane was about 20 minutes from landing and that's when this gentleman did go into a rage and tried apparently to break into the cockpit doors," Stewart said Saturday.

"Up until 20 minutes before the flight landed, everything was fine," Stewart said. "For all we know, he could have had a seizure or something."

He said crew members tried to restrain the man, but it took half a dozen passengers to help hold him down.

Airport manager Dennis Anderson said the man went into cardiac arrest after being pulled off the plane by airport security. He said no other information was immediately available, except that the case had been handed over to the FBI.

None of the 121 passengers or five crew members on board was reported injured.

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RE: SWA In The News...

Sun Aug 13, 2000 6:24 pm

That is really peculiar...

It's a possibility that he did in fact suffer a seizure, but the bizare violent behavoir sounds like a drug reaction. Maybe crystal meth or something similiar. Obviously an autopsy will be done to try to shed some light on what happened. Wheter it was drugs or something else.
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