A plane was forced to evacuate its 78 passengers “urgently” on landing Saturday afternoon at New York’s La Guardia Airport due to the behavior of a passenger who was arrested, said on Saturday the company chartering the flight, Republic Airways.

This plane, an Embraer E-175 that was coming from Indianapolis and was supposed to land at La Guardia, “declared an emergency and landed (…) without incident in reaction to a passenger’s behavior towards the end of the flight”, said the company in a message sent to AFP.

“On exiting the active runway, the aircraft stopped on a taxiway and proceeded to an emergency evacuation as a precaution”, added Republic Airways, adding that the “passenger involved in the incident was taken into custody”.

When contacted, a company spokesperson gave no details on the passenger’s behavior. Contacted by AFP, the New York airport authority did not immediately follow up.

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