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Flight attendant on Chicago-bound flight talks of 9/11 and plane crash: passengers

Sun-Times Staff Reports March 9, 2012 12:30PM 23596789 Updated: March 9, 2012 8:13PM A flight attendant on a Dallas-to-Chicago American Airlines flight went on the plane’s public address system, alluded to the Sept. 11 attacks and told passengers the plane was going to crash, passengers say.The incident happened while the plane was preparing to take off from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and fly to Chicago.Bethany Christakos of Dallas, seated toward the rear of the plane, said passengers started “freaking out” as one of the flight attendants gave a rambling, 15-minute speech on the plane’s public-address system.“She said, ‘I’m not responsible for this plane crashing,’” Christakos said.Another passenger, Brad LeClear of Fox Lake, said he helped restrain the flight attendant, whom he said acted oddly and mentioned something about 9/11.“She is obviously sick and needs to take her medicine,” LeClear said.The pilot radioed air traffic controllers for permission to return to the gate and be met by airport police.Police were called to the Dallas airport after what authorities would only call “an altercation onboard the plane” bound for Chicago. It led to the flight returning to the terminal and two flight crew members being hospitalized.American Airlines Flight 2332 finally arrived in Chicago late Friday morning, according to American’s website.“This morning Flight 2332 had left the gate at DFW bound for Chicago when an incident occurred involving some of the cabin crew,” a statement from American Airlines said. “The aircraft returned to the gate, where it was met by Department of Public Safety officers.” FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro said there was “an altercation onboard the plane and that’s why it returned to the gate and police were called.” Dallas Police told the FAA there was an altercation, but provided no additional details, he said.The American statement said, “Two flight attendants were taken to local hospitals for treatment. We continue to investigate the details and circumstances, and will have no further comment at this time.”The airline said “no passengers were in danger at any time.” Contributing: AP

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