New Orleans Evacuee Attempts Suicide on Flight

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By: E&P Staff

An evacuee from Hurricane Katrina attempted suicide aboard a flight bound for Washington, D.C. today.

The United Express originated in Houston, Texas, and was diverted to Nashville.

A captain with the 118th Airlift Wing of the Tennessee Air National Guard says the flight had eight evacuees on board. She says she doesn’t have any details about the suicide attempt.

The passenger who attempted suicide was taken to a hospital. Officials say that at the pilot’s request, all passengers underwent a second security screening before the flight was resumed.

Trauma experts have started warning that while many evacuees appear happy to have escaped the worst, this can mask profound troubles from the dislocation that will surface later or sooner.

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