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Passenger attempted to open airplane door mid-flight claiming ‘Jesus told her to’

Southwest Airlines President

(LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas)– A Southwest flight headed to Ohio from Houston made an emergency landing in Arkansas on Saturday afternoon after a passenger allegedly assaulted the aircraft, authorities said.

Elom Agbegninou, 34, allegedly attempted to open the airplane door mid-flight, claiming that ‘Jesus told her too’, as a passenger and flight attendants tried to get her away from the hatch, according to court documents.

After she bit the passenger trying to subdue her, Agbegninou was being dragged back to her seat and was allegedly striking the floor of the plane with her head.

The pilot was forced to make an emergency landing at the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, where Agbegninou was arrested by authorities.

Agbegninou is expected to face charges of assault within maritime and territorial jurisdiction and interference with flight crew members and attendants.