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United flight from Newark diverted to Dulles after passenger disruption

A view of Dulles International Airport. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

The FBI is investigating an incident involving an unruly airplane passenger Wednesday that led to a United Airlines flight from the New York area being diverted to Dulles International Airport, officials said.

After departing Newark Liberty International Airport, Flight 1080 landed at Dulles about 10 a.m. and proceeded to the gate, the airline said in a statement. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which operates Dulles, said airport police and other officials met the plane at Gate D21 in response to the unruly passenger.

United officials did not provide other details about the passenger or the nature of the disruption. The passenger was taken to a hospital for treatment, according to MWAA, which said the FBI is investigating the incident. The FBI said it wasn’t releasing other information.

Flight records show the Boeing 737-800 departed at 8:20 a.m. from Newark, destined for Juan Santamaría International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica. The plane had been scheduled to land in the Costa Rican capital at 11:34 a.m. local time.

After the diversion, the flight departed Dulles at 1:26 p.m. and continued the trip to Costa Rica, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware.