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Man Taken Into Custody After Apparent Bomb Scare on Airplane

Comstock/Thinkstock(DENVER) -- A man was taken into custody by the FBI on Friday night after an apparent bomb scare on a plane bound for Denver.

The pilot made an emergency landing at the Denver Airport at about 7:30 p.m. The plane was immediately moved to a remote area.

The flight, carrying 136 passengers and five crew members, took off from Knoxville, Tenn.

Nick Dannenberg, who was traveling on Frontier Airlines flight 601 told Good Morning America he was seated near the man who reportedly told the flight attendant he had brought a bomb on board.

"The guy across the aisle from me pulled the flight attendant to the side and told her that he had a bomb in his backpack," Dannenberg said. "I can't even describe how fast my heart was beating."

The flight crew took the man's backpack to the back of the plane when they became aware of the potential safety risk, as passengers kept an eye on the passenger until the flight landed safely in Denver.

Meanwhile, children on board the flight were sent to the front of the plane for security purposes. There were three unaccompanied minors on the plane who were moved away from the potential bomb, law enforcement officials told ABC News.

Once grounded, authorities handcuffed and removed the man from the flight.

Passengers then left the aircraft, where they were met by the FBI and the Denver bomb squad on the tarmac.

All of the passengers were interviewed by law enforcement overnight.

The FBI would not comment as to whether or not an explosive device was recovered from the carry on.

Officials have not released the man's name.

There has been no decision on whether or not to prosecute the man. That decision will likely be made on Monday, law enforcement officials said. A law enforcement official briefed on the case says that the man is believed to be mentally unstable.

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Man Tries to Open Emergency Exit Door on Alaska Airlines Flight

Comstock(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- An Arizona man is under arrest in Portland, Ore., after allegedly trying to open an emergency exit door onboard an Alaska Airlines flight from Anchorage to Portland Monday morning.

The plane, Alaska Airlines flight 132, was about 10 minutes away from landing in Portland when the suspect, 23-year-old Alexander Michael Herrera, tried to open the emergency row door, according to the airline.

The emergency door is equipped with a lock preventing anyone from opening it during the flight, but it still caused a scare.

“I awoke to a loud hissing noise and then lots of screaming,” recounted Ryan Oelrich, a passenger on flight 132. “My first thought was that the plane must be going down.”

Luckily, flight crew and nearby passengers were able to wrestle Herrera away from the door.

“They jumped on him, they took him down, they held him down until the flight attendants could get there with restraints and those passengers continued to help them restrain this individual who was just uh, you know, wanting to get out mid-flight,” Oelrich said.

Passengers and crew members who were interviewed by Port of Portland Police officers said Herrera made unusual statements before he tried to open the door. However federal officials declined to elaborate on what Herrera allegedly said.

According to a statement from the airline, Herrera sat calmly in his seat for the rest of the flight once he was restrained. He was arrested when the plane landed at 5:23 a.m.

There were 137 people onboard the plane.

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Raging Airplane Passenger Duct Taped to Seat

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The pitfalls of apparently mixing alcohol and air travel were taken to a new level when an evidently intoxicated man was constrained to his seat with duct tape on an international flight.

Iceland Air said the man went on a rampage on a New Year’s Eve flight from Reykjavik to New York, hitting, screaming at and spitting on other passengers.

Passengers took matter into their own hands, taping the man to his seat.

Andy Ellwood, who was on board the flight, snapped a picture of the disruptive passenger and wrote on his blog that the man became unruly after drinking all of the duty-free liquor on board.

“He was restrained by passengers and crew and was monitored for his own safety for the duration of the flight,” Iceland Air said in a statement to ABC News.

The man, who has not been identified, was taken by police to an area hospital where he was treated for alcohol poisoning. Port Authority police wouldn’t confirm that the man in the picture was the person they took into custody, but said he had not been charged.


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American Airlines Flight Diverted over Loose Cabin Seats

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- American Airlines is investigating how and why a row of seats aboard one of its Boeing 757s came loose mid-flight this weekend, forcing an emergency landing in New York City, ABC News has confirmed.

The incident, which is also being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), happened on Saturday aboard a flight from Boston to Miami.

In a statement, the FAA said, "Preliminary information indicates that a row of three seats in the coach cabin apparently became loose."

Three passengers were accommodated in other seats before the plane was diverted to John F. Kennedy International Airport at 12:50 p.m., the statement continued.  No one was hurt.

Once on the ground, all passengers on board were placed on another flight to Miami.  They suffered a three-hour delay.

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JetBlue Pilot Suffers Eye Injury from Green Laser

Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A JetBlue pilot suffered an eye injury when a green laser was pointed directly into the cockpit as the plane was en route to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the incident took place Sunday when the green laser was shone through the windshield of JetBlue Flight 657 from Syracuse, hitting the first officer in the eye.  The pilot immediately notified the control tower after the incident.

“JetBlue 657, that was about 5,000 feet, right?” the control tower asked.

“Yes sir, 5,000 feet.  Two green flashes, and it caught the first officer in his eye,” the pilot said.

An FAA preliminary incident report described the pilot’s injury as minor but did not provide details.  It was unknown whether the injured pilot was in command of the aircraft at the time, but the flight landed safely at JFK 10 minutes later.

“Use caution.  I just had an unauthorized laser illumination event about seven miles ahead of you at 5,000 feet,” the control tower said.  “JetBlue 657, we are looking into the matter.”

In 2011, there were more than 3,500 documented incidents of lasers being pointed at aircrafts, up from less than 300 in 2005.  Two planes were reportedly targeted by a green laser beam in San Francisco last week.  Those pilots were not injured.

“What happens is that pinpoint spreads out as it gets up higher and farther away, and what may seem like a very faint light to you, in a cockpit, gets almost blinding,” San Francisco International Airport spokesman Mike McCarron said.

Authorities say they’re ramping up their response efforts and pursuing stricter penalties.

“Interfering with a flight crew is a federal crime.  So, the FBI has looked into these laser incidents over the last several years,” said Richard Kolko, special agent with the FBI.  “We’ve located some of them.  Several of them have been prosecuted.”

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Several Injured After Turbulence Hits American Airlines Flight

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- Several people aboard an American Airlines flight from Aruba to Miami were treated for injuries Tuesday evening after the plane was hit with turbulence prior to landing.

In a statement, the carrier said Flight 1780 "encountered moderate turbulence" for about 15 seconds roughly 30 minutes before it was scheduled to land in Miami.  

Upon landing safely at 6:06 p.m., two flight attendants and three passengers were transported to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.  A handful of other passengers were treated at the gate at Miami International Airport.  None of the injuries were said to be critical.

American Airlines said the seatbelt sign was lit when the plane started shaking, and "nothing on the radar indicated that turbulence was in the area."

The Boeing 757 had 185 passengers and six crew members on board.

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Experimental Plane Crash Lands into Florida Supermarket

Joseph Devenney/Getty Images(DELAND, Fla.) -- Three people were seriously injured when a small experimental plane crashed into a busy Florida supermarket Monday evening, bursting into flames and sending shoppers and employees fleeing for their lives.

The single engine plane had been in the air for just moments when it lost power and crashed into the roof of a Publix supermarket in DeLand, a city about 20 miles southwest of Daytona Beach, during the store’s busy, after-work hours, authorities said.

There were 35 shoppers and 33 employees inside the Publix when the plane hit just after 7 p.m., authorities said.  Customers who dialed 9-1-1 reported smoke and burning amid a chaotic scene.

Five people were injured in the crash, including the plane’s pilot and co-pilot.  They remain at Orlando Regional Medical Center in critical condition, according to local affiliate WFTV.

A third man is being treated for burns on his legs and the other two victims have already been released from the hospital, WFTV reported.

Authorities said they do not yet know what caused the crash.  Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will be on the ground in DeLand on Tuesday to examine the wreckage.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing the plane in trouble from the moment it took off from the nearby DeLand Municipal Airport.  The Orlando Sentinel reported that initial reports indicated the problem was mechanical.

The Publix store is closed on Tuesday as investigators continue their work.  The plane remains inside the store.

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Delta Plane Rolls Off Taxiway at Atlanta Airport

ABC News(ATLANTA) -- A Delta airplane sustained significant damage when it veered off a taxiway early Tuesday morning while undergoing maintenance at the world's busiest airport in Atlanta, local ABC News affiliate WSB-TV reports.

According to a Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson, the Boeing 737-700 rolled off the taxiway at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport around 5 a.m.

Eric Torbinson, a spokesman for Delta, said two maintenance workers were on board testing the jet's engines when the braking system failed.  No passengers were on the plane, and the two workers were unharmed.

The FAA said the incident has not led to any traffic delays at the airport.

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Green Beret in Airport Explosives Incident Accused of Earlier Violation

Photodisc/Digital Vision/ThinkstockUPDATE: Atwater has been charged with attempting to board an aircraft for intrastate transportation with C-4 explosives.

(MIDLAND, Texas) -- The Green Beret accused of attempting to smuggle explosives through a Texas airport on New Year's Eve had already been, just a week before, caught allegedly attempting to get a live smoke grenade on another commercial flight, law enforcement officials told ABC News.

Special Forces Sgt. Trey Scott Atwater, 30, was detained in a Midland, Texas, airport after security discovered two packages over a pound each in Atwater's carry-on luggage labeled as C-4 explosives, according to an account provided by law enforcement officials. Atwater, who was traveling with his wife and two children, was not carrying the initiator or detonators that are required for the C-4 to explode.

When interviewed by the FBI while in custody, Atwater, an explosives expert in the elite U.S. Army unit, said he simply forgot he had the C-4 on him and must have carried them on an earlier flight from Fayetteville, N.C., officials said.

According to officials who reviewed an internal security report, TSA officials in Fayetteville said they doubt Atwater had carried the C-4 on a previous Dec. 24 flight from Fayetteville. The report said that Atwater was stopped that day after security screeners discovered a live smoke grenade in his carry-on, but after a thorough search, no other suspicious material was found.

Atwater is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday where he will be arraigned on charges relating to both the Dec. 31 C-4 discovery and the Dec. 24 smoke grenade incident, authorities said.

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Southwest Airlines Plane Blows Two Tires During Takeoff

Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesUPDATE: Only hours after the aborted takeoff, a different Southwest plane -- this one heading to Ontario, Calif., hit a bird while taking off.  The plane turned around and landed back at the Sacramento Airport.  Flight 1166 was canceled and the passengers were booked on other flights.

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- A Southwest Airlines jet with 132 passengers on board was grounded Tuesday evening after two tires blew out upon takeoff from Sacramento airport. No one was injured.

Southwest Flight 2287 was bound for Seattle when its left main tires blew as the Boeing 737 jet raced down the runway for takeoff.

The five-member crew immediately aborted the takeoff, and frightened passengers knew something was wrong.

“I’ve been on a lot of planes…you don’t expect that to happen,” one passenger told ABC News.  “The plane was literally shaking back and forth.”

Initial reports were that the tires caught fire, but both the airline and airport officials say that did not happen.

Southwest Airlines spokeswoman Katie McDonald told local ABC News affiliate News10 that emergency crews were called in to hose down the plane, but just as a precautionary measure.

“There was no fire, there were no injuries,” Sacramento International Airport spokeswoman Laurie Slothower also confirmed to News10.

The 132 passengers on board were evacuated using a portable stairway, not an emergency slide.

“The passengers were safely evacuated from the plane using the stairs as they would on a routine flight,” Slothower said.

Southwest said the passengers were able to board a later flight to Seattle that landed safely around 10 p.m. Tuesday night.

Officials are continuing to investigate the incident and have yet to determine a cause for the blowout.

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