A woman faces federal charges after threatening to kill a flight attendant onboard an Alaska Airlines redeye flight to Chicago.
Alaska Airlines Flight Diverts After Woman Threatens To Kill Flight Attendant
Alaska Airlines flight AS456 took off from San Francisco (SFO) on schedule on April 6, 2023 bound for Chicago (ORD). According to an affidavit included in the court filing, the following transpired onboard:
- Chloe Dasilva, 32, was seated in 20D
- Dasilva stood up during the safety briefing to ask, “When are we leaving?”
- After takeoff, she retreated to the rear of the aircraft, barricaded herself in a lavatory, and began pounding the walls
- Silence followed and after a time, flight attendants opened the lavatory and found her sleeping inside
- Flight attendants left her in the lavatory and eventually, she woke up and returned to her seat
- Dasilva woke up from sleeping in the middle of the flight and began pounding overhead bins
- This occurred as one of the pilots was preparing to take a bathroom break
- Fearing she might try something, flight attendants not only stood in front of the cockpit door, but a male flight attendant also stood at the curtain separating first class from economy class
- As feared, Dasilva then rushed toward the front of the aircraft and yelled to a flight attendant, “I’m going to kill you unless you land the plane right now. I’m going to f*cking kill you!”
- She added, “If you don’t leave me alone, I’ll f*cking kill you. You’re the devil!”
- Flight attendants (with the help of two passengers) restrained Dasilva and bound her hands with flex cuffs
- The captain decided to divert out of an abundance of caution
- The flight diverted at 4:20 am CT to Kansas City, Missouri (MCI)
Dasilva now faces one count of interfering with flight crew members.
Many passengers came forward to corroborate the story. You can read their accounts in detail here.
It isn’t clear whether alcohol, medication, drugs, or some combination of all three helped to trigger the psychotic state that led to the onboard incident (perhaps none of the above). In any case, Dasilva now faces legal limbo.
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