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American Airlines flight out of Miami diverted over ‘unruly passenger’

Flight 2796 bound for Chicago

American Airlines Flight 2796 sits at the gate at Jacksonville International Airport after making an emergency landing
American Airlines Flight 2796 sits at the gate at Jacksonville International Airport after making an emergency landing (WJXT)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – An American Airlines flight out of Miami was forced to make an emergency landing in Jacksonville due to an unruly passenger.

Flight 2796 bound for Chicago left Miami International Airport at 10:45 a.m., but it was diverted to Jacksonville International Airport at 12:30 p.m.

Jacksonville airport authorities confirmed the flight made an unplanned landing because of an “unruly passenger.”

A Local 10 News viewer who claimed to be on the flight sent an email saying a man began yelling “God exists!” and then ran towards the cockpit before he was apprehended by flight attendants and an off-duty captain. The man was allegedly able to get free and began to attack a flight attendant.

The email claims have not yet been confirmed.

Authorities did confirm a passenger was removed from the flight. That passenger was taken to an area hospital.

The FBI was investigating to determine whether charges will be filed.