Female Fistfight Causes JetBlue Flight to Be Diverted

Police detained one woman and questioned two others early Sunday after a fight broke out in the first minutes of a flight to Puerto Rico, causing the plane to be diverted to John F. Kennedy Airport, officials said.

One woman apparently started a fistfight with the other two, said Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs the region's airports. Port Authority police were to turn the women over to FBI officials, who would decide whether charges would be filed, Coleman said.

JetBlue Flight 561 took off from Newark, N.J., at 12:01 a.m. Sunday and landed at JFK about an hour later, said airline spokeswoman Jenny Dervin. The plane, carrying the remaining 147 passengers and six crew members, resumed its trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico, at 1:50 a.m., she said.

The identities of those in custody were not immediately available.

Messages left at local FBI offices early Sunday were not immediately returned.