Flight to Hong Kong diverted to Anchorage

Published: Jan. 4, 2018 at 7:48 PM AKST
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A commercial airline flight from Chicago to Hong Kong was diverted to Anchorage Thursday night because of an incident on board the aircraft.

The FBI in Anchorage confirms that it was notified that a United Airlines flight was involved. The United Airlines website indicated that Flight 895 was diverted to Anchorage and the departure to Hong Kong was cancelled due to "operational difficulties."

Staci Feger-Pellessier, the public affairs specialist and media representative for the Anchorage FBI office, said officials were notified that "an unruly passenger had caused some kind of disturbance" on the plane.

Lt. Douglas Holler with Airport Police at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport said the man, who's identity is not being released, smeared feces inside two lavatories on the plane and tried to flush his shirt down a toilet.

Lt. Holler said the man did not try to interfere with the flight crew and was cooperative when questioned by airport police officers and the FBI.

The man is not under arrest, according to Lt. Holler, and was being taken to Providence Hospital for a mental health evaluation.

There were no injuries during the incident, according to Holler.