Plane diverts to Nashville after man allegedly shouts in Arabic, breaks door

Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man is in jail after a United Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Nashville Monday night.

According to an affidavit, United Express flight 3550 was scheduled to fly from Cincinnati to Houston but made an emergency landing in Nashville after a man, identified as Mohammed Nasser Aldoseri, broke out of the plane’s bathroom door and spoke very loudly in Arabic.

The affidavit goes on to say the suspect’s actions “caused extreme concern for passengers and the flight crew.”

The report states the plane’s captain chose to divert the flight to Nashville around 9:30 p.m. where the plane made a safe landing and the 26-year-old man was arrested.

“The captain came on and said, ‘We can’t back up until everyone is in their seat with their seatbelt on, including the guy in the bathroom talking on the cell phone,’ and it was that guy,” explained Kyle Huff. “So the flight attendant started banging on the door and he finally came out.”

Huff, who was a passenger on the plane, told News 2 that when Aldoseri came out of the bathroom, he seemed “a little bit off.”

“His face just looked like he was not all there,” he explained.

Aldoseri had slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet, according to the affidavit. When airport police got to him he was reportedly passed out in his seat.

“Once we landed, they turned the lights on and within 10 seconds three cops came on the plane went to the back, got the guy off, and took him away in handcuffs,” Huff told News 2.

Aldoseri told police he had already gotten sick after drinking eight lemon drop shooters in Cincinnati before he got on the plane.

“I was totally confused on what was going on and then they just got this sleepy guy from the back, still didn’t tell us anything,” said Huff. “I was very confused and kind of scared. I also didn’t know if I wanted to get back on the plane.”

Aldoseri was charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

The United flight continued to Houston after the brief delay in Nashville.

United Airlines released a statement Tuesday morning that said in part, “The Embraer 170 carrying 53 passengers and four crew members landed normally in BNA, where law enforcement met the aircraft at the gate and removed the passenger from the aircraft. The flight then continued on to IAH.”

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