Pilot Locked in Bathroom Causes Scare

The plane was bound for LaGuardia.

Thursday, Nov 17, 2011  |  Updated 10:19 PM EDT
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A pilot stuck in the lavatory sparks a security scare aboard a flight to New York. John Noel reports.

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A pilot stuck in the lavatory sparks a security scare aboard a flight to New York. John Noel reports.

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A jammed lock on an airline bathroom door caused anxious moments for the pilots aboard a flight from North Carolina to New York City.

The plane's captain told air traffic controllers he accidentally got stuck on the LaGuardia-bound Chatauqua Airlines flight from Asheville on Wednesday night.

When a passenger with an unfamiliar accent tried to alert the co-pilot in the cockpit, the co-pilot became temporarily alarmed and notified air traffic controllers, according to the New York Post.

“The captain disappeared in the back, and, uh, I have someone with a thick foreign accent trying to access the cockpit," the co-pilot said.

“I’m not about to let him in,” he told the LaGuardia tower.

A controller told him to consider declaring an emergency.

The captain eventually got himself free from the lavatory. He told controllers there was no threat.

A spokesman for Republic Airlines, which runs Chatauqua, did not immediately comment on the misunderstanding.

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