11 Jul 2017

Rampaging Passenger Struck with Wine Bottles by Flight Attendant


Aftermath of Delta Flight Incident

Aftermath of Delta Flight Incident

Joseph Daniel Hudek IV, aged 23, went on the rampage on Thursday on a Delta flight from Seattle to Beijing.

A written statement by an FBI special agent described how Hudek visited the toilet about an hour into the flight before emerging and lunging for the exit door, trying to open it. Flight attendants tried to stop him, while calling out for assistance from passengers.

Hudek punched one flight attendant in the face and struck a passenger with a wine bottle. Several passengers intervened, and in the struggle Hudek was struck over the head with two full litre-bottles of wine by a flight attendant. One flight attendant said: “Hudek did not seem impacted by the breaking of a full litre red wine bottle over his head, and instead shouted, ‘Do you know who I am?’ or something to that extent.”

Eventually the staff and passengers managed to restrain Hudek for long enough to truss him with zip-tie restraints. The plane turned back to Seattle where it was met by police and emergency services, and Hudek is now being prosecuted for interfering with a flight crew, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years and a £200,000 fine.


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