United Airlines flight returns to Dulles after man runs toward cockpit

Posted at 9:12 AM, Mar 17, 2015

A United Airlines flight had to make a U-turn in the sky after an unruly passenger ran toward the cockpit.

Flight 1074 from Washington Dulles International Airport to Denver International Airport turned around Monday night because the passenger "failed to comply with crew instructions," United Airlines spokesman Luke Punzenberger said.

The Boeing 737 plane was carrying 33 passengers and six crew members.

The pilots told air traffic controllers that the passenger started acting violently but was later subdued by other passengers, according to, which provides audio of air traffic control transmissions.

"He ran forward towards the cockpit, and he is being restrained by passengers," one of the pilots said. "Cockpit is secure, and we would like to return to the airport and have the authorities meet him."

A cell phone video shows the man, bruised on his face, held down by other passengers.

"Don't move," one passenger says. "You're OK. We're going to get you off this plane, buddy."

The plane landed at Dulles around 10:40 p.m. ET, said Kimberly GIbbs, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

"A passenger was removed from the plane and transported to a local hospital for evaluation," she said.

No passengers were injured, and no weapons were found. United Airlines said the rest of the passengers will be flown to Denver on Tuesday.