An American Airlines flight attendant on a plane from Dallas to Chicago apparently had a bit of a breakdown as the plane was preparing to take off — a breakdown that very nearly derailed the entire takeoff — as she apparently told passengers that a “technical difficulty” had taken place, even though no such difficulty existed, and refused to back down from the assertion, screaming repeatedly about it as she was escorted off the plane.
Q13 Fox has a fairly comprehensive explanation of the incident:
An American Airlines flight attendant disrupted a flight Friday morning as it was about to take off from Dallas Fort/Worth en route to Chicago, saying over the aircraft intercom system that the plane was going to crash, alluding to 9/11 terrorist attacks and ranting about the airline’s bankruptcy reorganization, passengers said.[…]
Two flight attendants were injured in the incident and were taken to a local hospital. No passengers were injured, and they were never in danger, an airline spokeswoman said.
The flight attendant who caused the commotion continued to scream as she was handcuffed by police and placed into a police car, passengers on the flight told the Tribune after they exited the plane at Chicago O’Hare.
Fox News adds this:
“We are not taking off,” the female flight attendant said as the plane was taxiing on the runway, according to the passengers. “We’re having technical difficulties. We are heading back to the gate.”
Although another crew member told passengers to disregard her warning, the flight attendant kept ranting about technical problems.[…]
“Captain,” she said. “I am not responsible for crashing this plane.
Video was also recorded of the incident. In it, the flight attendant can be heard shrieking something that sounds like “Get out of the way.” The rest of her screams are inaudible. Readers can watch below: