Four on Flight to Detroit Held for Questioning
Delta Airlines reported a minor disturbance aboard a flight Tuesday from Amsterdam to Detroit Metropolitan Airport that landed at about 1:34 p.m.
"Four passengers on Flight 243 did not comply with crew member instructions and out of an abundance of caution the crew requested authorities meet the flight upon arrival," the airline said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.
The Airbus 330 had 245 passengers and 12 crew members aboard. The four passengers who did not follow crew instructions were being questioned by authorities, said Delta spokeswoman Susan Elliott.
She said Delta wasn't releasing additional information immediately, but downplayed what happened in terms of any major security threat.
The same flight, then operating under flight number 253, was the focus of an alleged attempted bombing on Christmas Day by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a 23-year-old Nigerian national. Explosives he allegedly had sewn in his underwear created only a fireworks-like pop before engulfing his lap and an inside wall of the aircraft with fire that was quickly extinguished by some passengers and crew.
Abdulmutallab is now facing six federal counts, including possession of a weapon of mass destruction that could result in a life sentence if convicted.