American Airlines says a passenger was arrested after breaking into the cockpit, damaging the plane, and forcing everyone to change flights

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  • American Airlines said a passenger broke into a cockpit and damaged a plane in Honduras.

  • ABC News reported that the man damaged controls in the cockpit and tried to jump out of a window.

  • American said it got a new plane for the other passengers and praised the crew's "professionalism."

American Airlines said a passenger was arrested on Tuesday after breaking into a cockpit and damaging the plane.

The plane was scheduled to fly to Miami from Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, the airline said.

"A customer entered the open flight deck and caused damage to the aircraft. Crew members intervened and the individual was ultimately apprehended by local law enforcement," it said in a statement to The Hill.

The airline added that a new plane was arranged for the other passengers on board.

ABC News' transportation reporter Sam Sweeney said that the man had run down the jetway and entered the plane and that he'd damaged controls in the cockpit.

Sweeney reported that the man "tried to jump out the open cockpit window" when a pilot tried to stop him.

"We applaud our outstanding crew members for their professionalism in handling a difficult situation," the airline told The Hill.

Six crew members and 121 passengers were on board at the time, the airline said.

The man was not identified.

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