On a United Express flight from Washington, D.C to Newark, New Jersey passengers witnessed a rare occurrence. 28-year-old Matthew Dingley rose from his seat and sprinted for the cockpit doors.
A passenger on the flight Mike Egbert witnessed the whole scene and told reports what he saw.
He said he saw Dingley get up from his seat and sprint towards the cockpit and he banged on the door. A flight attendant attempted to intervene and became the focus of his attack.
“A slight woman, petite, and this guy was clocking her.”
“If he did get into that cockpit lord knows what could have happened.”
Port Authority Police had this to say to NBC, New York; Other passengers stepped in to pull Dingley off of the woman and regain control of the situation in the cabin. Dingley’s erratic behavior continued after the plane landed when he charged at police officers, one of whom was injured after falling down the plane’s stairs.
Six officers in total were injured and the flight attendant was transported to a local hospital.
CommutAir sent an email to NBC News and the statement read as follows;
“Our primary concern is always to ensure the safety of all customers and crew and we are cooperating with authorities. We express our gratitude for the quick reaction of our passengers and crew who responded during this incident.”
(Cover photo courtesy of Fox News, source NBC News)