San Diego flight diverted when fight breaks out

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SAN DIEGO — A flight from San Diego to Chicago had to make an unscheduled landing in Texas when a group of men created a disturbance.

The flight has since arrived at Midway airport.

Southwest Flight 1522 was ordered to land in Amarillo, Texas after six men, who were part of a San Diego soccer team, began talking loudly, acting rudely and eventually fighting with the crew, according to passengers.

Fellow passengers say there were no violent altercations.

The men were detained in Texas and, at the direction of the FBI, transported to the Randall County Jail and charged with Interference with a flight crew.

No one was injured, but the flight to Chicago was delayed for several hours.

Southwest Airlines released this statement:

Southwest flight #1522 from San Diego to Chicago’s Midway International Airport made an unscheduled stop at Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport last night after several passengers traveling together became disorderly and, subsequently, refused to obey instructions from the crew.

Out of an abundance of caution, the pilots in command of the flight diverted to Amarillo where law enforcement officials met the aircraft and detained six individuals. Additionally, six other members of the group chose to deplane and remain in Amarillo. The flight eventually continued to Chicago where it landed without further incident.

Safety is the top priority at Southwest Airlines, and we will always take appropriate actions to ensure the safety and security of our crews and customers.

Photos posted by Amarillo Globe-News to Twitter capture the men being detained by police.

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