PORTLAND, Ore. — Authorities say two F-15 fighter jets escorted a flight bound for Hawaii back to Portland International Airport after a passenger became disruptive.
A spokesman for North American Aerospace Defense Command says the fighter jets intercepted Hawaiian Airlines flight 39 at about 1 p.m. Wednesday, shortly after the pilot decided to turn around.
Keoni Wagner, vice president of public affairs with Hawaiian Airlines, says the passenger failed to cooperate with crew, and it was not a security matter.
Officials said the plane carried 231 passengers and a crew of 10.
Wagner says the plane landed safely in Portland, the passenger was removed, the plane was refueled and the flight departed again.
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