FBI investigating in-flight assault on inbound Charlotte flight

The FBI is investigating after a woman said she was sexually assaulted on a United Airlines flight to Charlotte.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Authorities are investigating an assault that allegedly occurred on an inbound United Airlines flight to the Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

According to officials, CMPD responded to a call at Charlotte Douglas around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night in reference to an assault. When they arrived, officers said they determined the suspect allegedly assaulted a 37-year-old female victim during the flight. 

The United Airlines is flying from Newark, New Jersey to Charlotte, North Carolina.

Because the incident occurred during the flight, it is outside the jurisdiction of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and will be investigated by federal authorities. 

"The suspect was located and multiple interviews were conducted," the FBI said. 

Fran Smith, who was traveling on a different flight Wednesday, said she tries to not put herself in situations that are considered unsafe in the first place.

"I've always traveled with heightened awareness," Smith said.

Another traveler, Dan Alexander, said he also travels with a sense of caution.

"Between what's in the news these days about sexual assaults and everything else," Alexander said. "I think general awareness just makes sense."

The investigation continues to be ongoing but no arrests have been made, the FBI said. They also said they would be consulting with the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Western District of North Carolina on the case.

United Airlines released the following statement in regards to the incident:

The safety of our customers is our top priority, and we are working closely with authorities as they conduct their investigation.

 

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