Flight Attendant Tells Passengers Plane Likely To Crash

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WASHINGTON -- As an American Airlines plane taxied for takeoff at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on Friday morning, a flight attendant told passengers on the plane's intercom that the plane was likely to crash, alluded to the September 11 terrorist attacks and complained about union issues, officials said.

Passengers on the plane -- Flight 2332 from Dallas to Chicago -- restrained the woman, and the plane returned to the gate, authorities said.

The flight attendant was taken to a hospital for evaluation, officials said. A second flight attendant who may have been injured while restraining the first one was also taken to a hospital.

The disturbance occurred as the flight was taxiing for takeoff about 8:30 a.m. local time.

According to one federal official, the flight attendant "started making inflammatory remarks" on the intercom. The attendant said the plane would crash if it took off, the source said, and also mentioned "9/11" and union issues. The source spoke on background because he was not authorized to speak on the record.

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An airline spokesman said two flight attendants were taken to a hospital for treatment.

"We continue to investigate the details and circumstances," American Airlines spokesman Ed Martelle said.

"We will ensure that the affected flight attendants receive proper care, and we commend our other crew members for their assistance in quickly getting the aircraft back to the gate so that customers could be reaccommodated," Martelle said.

"Our customers were not in danger at any time," he said.

After the crew was replaced, the flight departed for Chicago at 9:46 a.m.

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