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Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Wichita After Man Makes Threats: Sources

by Erik Ortiz and Jay Blackman /  / Updated 
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A file picture dated Dec. 9 2013 shows American Airlines planes parked at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia.MICHAEL REYNOLDS / EPA File

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An American Airlines plane departing Phoenix made an emergency landing in Kansas on Tuesday night after a passenger began making threats mid-flight, airline and government sources told NBC News.

Flight 622, bound for New York City, was diverted to Wichita Eisenhower National Airport at around 10:30 p.m. ET, sources said. The suspect was arrested and charged with criminal threat, according to NBC affiliate KSN.

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The man was identified by the station as Jason Baroletti, of Long Island, New York. He remained booked in the Sedgwick County Jail on Wednesday morning, records show.

Airport Police Capt. Marty Desmarteau did not immediately detail what happened during the flight, but told the station that the FBI may also bring charges against Baroletti.

New York indie rock band the Augustines tweeted that they witnessed the suspect becoming "threatening." They described law enforcement who boarded the plane checking trash cans and bathrooms before pulling the passenger off the flight.

"Bad scene," the band tweeted.

The flight was delayed for about 40 minutes before it continued onto New York, according to the station.

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