Police: Delta flight from Indy to Paris diverts to Detroit after man slaps flight crew

A Delta Airlines jet sits at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport in 2009. (File photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

DETROIT (WTHR) - A Delta flight from Indianapolis to Paris diverted to Detroit Thursday night after a passenger became unruly, smacked a flight attendant and threw up.

Police say Robert James Morin began began yelling and acting erratically about 40 minutes into the flight.

Court documents say when the flight crew tried to calm Morin down, he refused to listen and hit one of the flight attendants with an open hand on the left side of her throat.

Flight crew members and other passengers worked to restrain Morin so he could be placed into flex-cuffs, police said.

The pilots diverted the plane to Detroit where Morin was taken into custody by police.

Delta flight 500 was deplaned for sanitization and the passengers were removed to be re-booked on other flights.

Delta issued the following statement:

We apologize for the delay and inconvenience of our customers on Flight 500, Indianapolis to Paris.

As a matter of safety, the flight was diverted to Detroit to remove an unruly passenger.

The remaining customers were put in hotels overnight and Continue to Charles de Gaulle airport this morning. They will land about 14 hours past their scheduled arrival.

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