A plane headed for Denver was abruptly grounded at Dulles International Airport on Monday night after a “disturbance onboard,” Dulles officials said.
United Airlines Flight 1074 landed back at Dulles at around 10:40 p.m., and law enforcement personnel took a passenger off the airplane and to a hospital for evaluation, said Kimberly Gibbs, a spokeswoman for Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
The Boeing 737 was carrying 33 passengers and 6 crew members and returned after takeoff because “a passenger failed to comply with crew instructions,” said United spokesman Luke Punzenberger.
A passenger told NBC News that an unruly man appeared to move toward the plane’s cockpit before other passengers tackled him to the ground.
The man then told other flyers that he had brought a bomb with him, but a search of him didn’t turn up any explosives, said John R. Ford, according to NBC.
Videos that Reddit commenters say came from the flight show a disturbed young man with a face wound tearfully apologizing as other purported passengers hold him to the ground. Commenters on the thread claimed the man shouted “Jihad! Jihad!” before making a run at the cockpit.
The flight left IAD for Denver International Airport at roughly 12:45, The Washington Post reported.