Plane Makes Emergency Landing When Pilot Disappears

Pilot got trapped in the bathroom and sent a passenger to inform the co-pilot.
2:09 | 11/17/11

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Now to that emergency landing here in New York the co pilot. A delta flight from North Carolina radio the tower just before landing last night -- about what appear to be a frightening message to captain. Was missing someone was trying to gain access to the cockpit ABC's Lisa stark reports on the tense moments before landing it was all caught on tape good morning -- Good morning Robin wasn't such terrorist attack in the making that's what concerned the pilot in the hair and controllers on the ground. What was -- seemingly routine flight from Asheville, North Carolina to New York City turned into anything but a routine landing. Just the plane was approaching New York's LaGuardia Airport. The co pilot of delta flight 6132. Operated by regional carrier she -- -- airlines he realized the captain was nowhere to be found he radioed air traffic control. Seconds earlier a man with a thick accent had tried to gain access to the cockpit. To tell -- co pilot the captain wasn't going to make that landing. Another radio contact. And now someone with a big -- That back then -- got that -- right now I -- deal with the situation. Turns out it was a false alarm the captain was trapped in the bathroom by a faulty door latch and had given the passenger with a heavy accent. The security code for the cockpit door. But the co pilot wasn't buying it he radioed again. It's. Yeah. Controllers on the ground not taking any chances ordered an emergency landing. Oh yeah. And -- a few minutes later the pilot radioed in saying that situation had been resolved. But have no doubt this was a real scare sources tell ABC news that fighter jets were nearly dispatched. After the co pilot voiced those concerns.

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