Traveler enters cockpit, causes damage on Miami-bound plane, American Airlines says

A traveler was arrested Tuesday after reportedly boarding the cockpit of a Miami-bound plane at a Honduras airport and causing damage, American Airlines said.

The alleged incident occurred during boarding for Flight 488 from San Pedro Sula’s Ramon Villeda Morales International Airport to Miami International Airport, the airline said in a statement.

The airline said the flight deck of the Boeing 737-800 was open when the unidentified person entered. The person was arrested with the help of staff on board and was eventually taken into custody by law enforcement.

“We applaud our outstanding crew members for their professionalism in handling a difficult situation,” said American Airlines.

Another plane was ordered to complete the journey and the new flight was scheduled to depart at 9:30 p.m

There were 121 customers and six crew members on board the original flight, the airline said.

flight tracker FlightAware stated that the American flight from Honduras to Miami is scheduled about once a day.

Jay Blackman contributed.

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