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Plane traveling from RDU to NY lands safely after passenger tried to open door mid-flight

Posted May 10, 2019 4:18 p.m. EDT
Updated May 10, 2019 10:50 p.m. EDT

— A Delta Connection flight from Raleigh-Durham International Airport to New York landed without incident after authorities said a woman tried to open a boarding door during mid-flight.

No injuries were reported and Delta Flight 5935 landed safely shortly after 1:30 p.m. at LaGuardia Airport, where it was met by local law enforcement officials, according to WNBC-TV.

A spokesman for Republic Airways, which was operating the flight, referred questions to the New York Port Authority, which manages public transit in the New York area.

According to passengers on the flight, a young woman became agitated and started screaming about how she needed to open the door and die, according to the television station.

A passenger tweeted that the upset traveler's father pulled her away from the door.

"I wasn’t scared as I knew the door could not be opened but her shrieks were terrifying," Stacy Herbert tweeted. "And she was sitting behind us so when she was pulled back to her seat it was awful to see her suicidal distress."

Herbert tweeted photos of what appeared to be a dozen law enforcement vehicles and ambulances surrounding the plane once it landed safely.

"I just heard high pitch screams like, 'Let me off, let me off,'" one passenger said. "There was just a lot of commotion."

The woman's father was able to pull her back, according to passengers.

Authorities escorted the young woman off the plane. No one was hurt.

"Whenever you're on a flight and you see somebody holding someone like that, you're mind obviously goes to something bad," one passenger said.