NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An American Airlines flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport was diverted Wednesday after a passenger allegedly assaulted a flight attendant.

The flight was scheduled to land at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California, but instead stopped at Denver Airport, where the passenger was taken into custody.

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“I actually understand he punched her twice. I did see her walk back down the aisle afterward. She did have blood splattered on her mask,” one fellow traveler said.

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“There was a doctor on the flight, luckily. So I don’t know, he says it wasn’t broken, but she was bleeding. So they took her to the hospital,” another passenger added.

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American Airlines said it will pursue charges and is banning the passenger.

CBSNewYork Team