The FBI is investigating after a flight from Houston, Texas bound for Columbus, Ohio, was diverted to Little Rock, Arkansas, on Saturday afternoon following an alleged assault on the plane involving a passenger, FBI Little confirmed. Rock told Fox News Digital in a statement.
Southwest Flight 192 is expected to arrive in Columbus about three hours later after being diverted at 3:30 pm Saturday.
“I can confirm that the FBI Little Rock is investigating an alleged incident that occurred on an afternoon flight that was diverted to Little Rock today,” the FBI Little Rock said without elaborating on the alleged assault.
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“Our airport liaison agent and other investigators are working closely with our partners at LRPD, the Little Rock Airport and the airline. The FBI is the primary federal agency authorized to investigate possible assault violations on board aircraft. We will work closely with prosecutors. at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas to fully investigate this incident and possibly file federal charges.
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Airlines have been dealing with an unprecedented number of assaults and unruly behavior on flights for the past two years, with some airlines having banned passengers after assaults.
A woman has been arrested over the incident, THV-TV in Little Rock reported.
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No injuries have been reported, according to FOX 16.