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L.A. flight to Tampa diverted after man allegedly tries to open cabin door

April 23, 2010 | 10:48 am

A flight from Los Angeles to Tampa, Fla., was diverted early Friday after a passenger allegedly became disruptive and tried to open a cabin door, authorities said.

Delta Air Lines Flight 2148 was en route to Tampa from Los Angeles when Stanley Dwayne Sheffield, 46, allegedly attempted to open a cabin door, according to FBI Supervisory Special Agent Darrin Jones.

Crew members and passengers were able to subdue Sheffield, and the Airbus A320 was diverted to Albuquerque and landed at about 1:30 a.m., Jones said.

Sheffield was taken into federal custody and likely faces charges of interference with flight crew members and destruction of aircraft, Jones said.

Jones said it was unclear why the man tried to open the door and that the incident was not terrorism-related. No one was injured in the incident, he said.

-- My-Thuan Tran

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