Disturbance Forces Emergency Landing At LAX
Honolulu To Dallas Flight Stopped Short In Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES , Updated 9:49 a.m. EST December 12, 2000 -- The pilot of an American Airlines jetliner en route from Honolulu to Dallas was forced to make an emergency landing at LAX Tuesday morning after a passenger allegedly threatened others on the plane with a knife.
A local TV station reports that the FBI took the man off the plane and that he is being mentally evaluated at a hospital.
No one was injured in the incident, said FBI Special Agent Matthew McLaughlin, according to a local news service, but during the nonstop Flight 8, the suspect "started acting very aggressive, in a very threatening manner."
The man became unruly shortly after the flight left Honolulu, and the pilot was forced to land the plane in Los Angeles at about 1:30 a.m.
As the jet taxied toward the gate, the suspect -- identified as Paul Gordon Cochran, 46, from Texas -- opened a door and stood in the doorway with the two-inch knife in his hand, as police stood by on the ground, McLaughlin said.
"Police did a brief negotiation and took him into custody," McLaughlin said. The FBI was holding the man on suspicion of interfering with a flight crew, he said.
After one hour on ground, the flight resumed its journey to Texas.
According to news reports, Cochran was being held at a hospital for mental evaluation. If convicted, the suspect would face as many as five years in prison, the news service reported.