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Flight makes unscheduled landing at Sunport

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A rowdy passenger forced a Delta flight traveling from Atlanta to Los Angeles to land at the Albuquerque International Sunport between 6 and 7 p.m. Thursday, according to an airport spokesman.

Sunport police arrested the disruptive passenger, who was traveling on Delta flight 81, once the plane landed, said spokesman Daniel Jiron.

“I don’t know exactly what the incident was” that made the pilot feel he had to land the plane, Jiron said.

The FBI was called in, which is standard procedure in situations like this, Jiron said.

The man was not charged but did not get back on the the plane, which took off for Los Angeles shortly before 8 p.m., according to KOAT-TV. He is reportedly supposed to leave on a flight scheduled for tomorrow, according to KOAT-TV.

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