2 injured while restraining flight attendant who ranted 'I am not responsible for crashing this plane'

Passengers, crew work to calm situation


URGENT: Authorities are investigating an incident on board an American Airlines flight from Dallas to Chicago in which two flight attendants were injured, Fox News has learned.

Authorities said American Airlines flight 2332 had to be diverted back to the gate moments before take-off over reports a flight attendant ranted to passengers over the public address system, saying the plane was going to crash. The crew member also complained about the airline's bankruptcy reorganization, according to reports. 

Two people on board the flight told the Dallas Observer that the flight attendant had to be restrained by other crew members and passengers.  

"We are not taking off," the female flight attendant said as the plane was taxiing on the runway, according to the passengers. "We're having technical difficulties. We are heading back to the gate."

Although another crew member told passengers to disregard her warning, the flight attendant kept ranting about technical problems.

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According to The Dallas Morning News, she also referred to the airline's bankruptcy reorganization during her outburst.

"Captain," she said. "I am not responsible for crashing this plane."

The flight was scheduled to depart Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport for Chicago O'Hare International Airport. 

The airline released a statement, saying two flight attendants were taken to local hospitals for treatment following the incident. 

"We continue to investigate the details and circumstances and will have no further comment at this time," the statement said. "We will ensure that the affected flight attendants receive proper care, and we commend our other crew members for their assistance in quickly getting the aircraft back to the gate so that customers could be re-accommodated. Our customers were not in danger at any time."

The airline said the flight left for Chicago at 9:46 a.m., and is expected to land around noon.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Tony Molinaro confirmed that there was an "altercation" and that the airport police and Transportation Security Administration were alerted.

According to the Morning News, FBI spokeswoman Lydia Maese said that American Airlines is handling the investigation.

"We did respond, we assessed the situation and we determined there was no need for a federal investigation," the spokeswoman said.

Newscore contributed to this report.