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Unruly Passenger Diversion

Published At: Mon 01 Aug 2022

A Virgin Atlantic flight was forced to divert to Salt Lake City on Tuesday because of an "unruly" passenger who allegedly assaulted the crew and a passenger, police said.

Salt Lake City Police Department said in a statement that 39-year-old UK resident William Stephen Hayes allegedly got upset at some point during Flight 141's route from London to Los Angeles. 

After the flight crew attempted to calm him, Hayes allegedly became violent and had to be immediately restrained by passengers and the crew, police said.

"While being restrained, Hayes allegedly assaulted the flight crew and at least one other passenger, which resulted in minor injuries," police said. "Hayes also kicked airplane seats and windows."


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