The Delta flight was interrupted by an alarming announcement (stock photo) (Image: Getty Images)
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A plane was forced to land early after an off-duty flight attendant allegedly grabbed the intercom and said he wanted to bring the aircraft down, reports say.
Crew members and passengers came together to take the man down and pin him to the floor on the Delta Airlines flight to Atlanta.
The packed flight was two hours away from its destination on Friday when an intercom announcement told those aboard to return to their seats and prepare to don their facemasks, passenger Benjamin Curlee told CNN.
This caused a stir among those onboard, who believe this could mean the plane was coming down.
In fact it was not heading to earth, but its intercom had been grabbed by a man wearing a helmet and elbow pads, Delta spokesperson Eric Zeugschmidt said.
After a couple of minutes another announcement from the captain urged "all able-bodied men" to come to the front of the plane for an emergency, according to Benjamin.
"I feared the worst," he said.
"I prayed that God would protect my family in case I was gone."
Along with the passenger next to him, Benjamin jumped out of his seat at the same time as many of the other men on the plane.
As they made their way to the front of the plane, Benjamin recalled that a flight attendant said that the situation was now under control and asked them to return to their seats.
The plane had to make an emergency landing in Oklahoma
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"It was very tense, very adrenaline fuelled," the media producer said.
Once the plane had made an emergency landing in Oklahoma, the unruly passenger was taken into custody and transported to a hospital with minor injuries, Oklahoma City Police Captain Jermaine Johnson said.
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Passengers had to leave the plane as bomb technicians searched and cleared the aircraft.
The plane remained in Oklahoma City for more than three hours and landed in Atlanta shortly after 5am on Saturday.
Passengers were called on to help (stock photo)
“We apologize to our customers for the delay and any additional inconvenience this caused," Zeugschmidt told USA today.
The incident was the second time in a week that there was a commotion on a Delta Airlines' flight.
Another service from Los Angeles to New York was diverted to Detroit Thursday night after a passenger became unruly, the carrier says.
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CBS This Morning co-host Dana Jabson was onboard the flight.
She tweeted: "Passenger telling me it was a drunk passenger in the back of the plane, out of control drinking from a bottle. The woman next to her according to this passenger finally had enough & went to get the flight attendants."
Delta issued a statement to CBS News saying the flight was redirected "after a customer issue on board. The customer was met by law enforcement upon landing. We apologize to our customers for any inconvenience."