Man Strips In Mid-Flight, Hits Passenger, Fights With Crew

Authorities say a St. Louis-bound Southwest Airlines flight was forced to return to Oakland International Airport after a male passenger stripped, hit another passenger and fought with crew members.

Alameda County sheriff's deputies say flight 947 returned Thursday morning after 21-year-old Darius Chappille of Oakland allegedly exposed himself to the female passenger sitting next to him and punched her in the face.

Lt. Howard Jacobs says flight attendants and other passengers then subdued Chappille, as he disrobed. He was apparently completely naked when sheriff's deputies arrested him.

Chappille and the woman were taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

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  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Aug 21, 2009 at 09:02 AM
    What an idiot, thats not the way you join the mile-high-club! They should have thrown him out at 40 thousand feet.
  • by Whoa! Location: Greenville on Aug 20, 2009 at 04:45 PM
    What a tool. Kudos to the flight crew and passengers for subduing the individual.

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