Authorities: Man assaulted 2 passengers on flight from New Jersey; flight diverted
A man has been arrested and charged with assaulting two passengers on a flight from New Jersey to Florida last week that was diverted to South Carolina due to the fracas.
Authorities said United Flight 728 took off shortly Wednesday after 8 a.m. from Newark Liberty International Airport bound for Miami, but John Yurkovich began acting erratically, screamed at another passenger and punched him several times.
Several passengers intervened and restrained Yurkovich, one sustaining a broken nose.
Yurkovich is charged with assault and criminal acts on an aircraft, as well as a drug charge.
A message was sent Sunday to the attorney representing him.
AP wire services helped contribute to this report.