Utah officers help restrain JetBlue passenger as flight from New York is diverted to Chicago

Associated Press

Three Utah police officers returning from the funeral of a slain New York City officer helped restrain an unruly airline passenger as the plane was diverted to Chicago.

JetBlue Airways spokeswoman Sharon A. Jones says Flight 71 landed safely at Chicago's O'Hare Airport late Sunday, and first responders took the female passenger to a local hospital.

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Jones offered no further details Monday about the flight, which departed from John F. Kennedy International Airport around 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Utah officers say they helped restrain the woman about an hour into the flight when she had a medical issue and became combative.

Salt Lake County Sheriff's Sgt. Terry Wall says the flight landed in Utah about four hours late.

Chicago police say the 32-year-old woman was taken to a hospital for evaluation. No charges are pending.