Man charged in federal court for disruption that diverted Delta flight to Tulsa


TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- Charges were filed in federal court Thursday in connection with a Delta Airlines flight that made an emergency landing in Tulsa after a disturbance on board.

Bolutife Olusegun Olorunda is charged with interfering with flight crew members and attendants.

Delta Airlines Flight 1156 was en route to Atlanta, Ga. from Portland, Ore. Wednesday when the plane made an emergency landing at Tulsa International Airport just before noon Wednesday.

According to a sworn affidavit from FBI Special Agent Orlando Brown, Olorunda was repeatedly disruptive and erratic on the flight, despite attempts by flight attendants to calm him. At one point a flight attendant said, "Sir you are disturbing the other passengers," to which Olorunda replied in a threatening manner, "Don't touch me and if you touch me again you will regret it."

The flight attendant alerted the crew members and the captain declared an emergency. Two federal air marshals on board tried to de-escalate the situation but Olorunda was non-compliant. He was removed from the plane upon landing and detained. He was booked into the Tulsa County Jail without bond on holds for the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

After refueling, the plane continued on to Atlanta.

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