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- American Airlines Flight 930 was delayed 27 hours after its pilot allegedly attacked a female gate agent.
- The incident took place on Wednesday evening in Sao Paulo, Brazil, before the flight was set to depart for Miami, Florida.
- The pilot was arrested and reportedly faces up to a year in prison.
An American Airlines flight was delayed for 27 hours after its pilot reportedly attacked a gate agent. The incident took place Wednesday evening in Sao Paulo, Brazil, shortly before Flight 930 was set to leave for Miami, Florida.
The male captain of Flight 930 was arrested by Brazilian police after allegedly pushing a female gate agent and grabbing her by the neck following a disagreement over the positioning of the jetway, the Daily Mail reported.
According to the publication, the physical altercation started after the American Airlines gate agent accidentally stepped on the pilot’s foot. In addition, the pilot also defended his action by accusing the gate agent of throwing a punch at him.
In a statement to Business Insider, American Airlines characterized the incident as a “disagreement” between two team members. The airline said that the altercation is under investigation and that both employees are “taking time away from work.” However, the airline declined to call it a suspension.
American Airlines declined to comment on the whereabouts of the pilot.
However, the Daily Mail reported that the pilot has since been released from custody but could face up to a year in prison.
As a result of the incident, Flight 930 was delayed for 27 hours. According to the airline, the delay was caused by the need to bring in new crew members to operate the flight.
In a call with American Airlines, a spokesman apologized for the incident and told Business Insider that the passengers were given hotel rooms and meal vouchers. The spokesman also said that the majority of passengers were accommodated on earlier flights and did not wait the full 27 hours.
Here’s the complete statement from American Airlines:
“Wednesday night, prior to boarding American Airlines flight 930 from Sao Paulo (GRU) to Miami (MIA), two team members became involved in a disagreement on the jetbridge. We take these kinds of matters extremely seriously. We fully cooperated with law enforcement and local authorities to look into the facts and we are currently gathering information about the incident. We have given our team members who were involved time away from their duties while we conduct a thorough review.Flight 930 departed at its rescheduled time of 1:20 a.m. (local time) on March 9. We provided our customers with hotel accommodations and meal vouchers for the night and the vast majority were booked onto other, earlier flights. We apologize to them for this disruption.”