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Passenger: 'I'm dead'

Passenger disrupts Newark-bound flight

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Police escorted a man off of a United plane at Newark Liberty International. (MyFoxNY.com) Police escorted a man off of a United plane at Newark Liberty International. (MyFoxNY.com)
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

A man aboard a United Airlines flight bound for Newark Liberty International Airport claimed his fellow passengers on the plane had been poisoned and was screaming about going to die.

After the flight landed safely in Newark, a passenger told reporters that the man had gotten up mid-flight and began talking about the CIA targeting him because he had "information related to Edward Snowden," the man who revealed the NSA's secret surveillance program.

Another passenger, Jacques Roizen, said the man, who appeared in his 30s, was yelling about being afraid of being taken or killed by the FBI or CIA. The man was asking for the plane to be diverted.

"Please God, somebody help me, please somebody help me, somebody help me," the man is heard screaming on an audio clip that was recorded with a passenger's smartphone.

"I'm dead, I'm dead, I'm dead!" the man repeats over and over again.

Roizen said he and several other passengers tackled the agitated man and helped flight attendants handcuff him. They helped keep him settled in place until the plane landed five hours later.

"You didn't have time to think -- there's a guy screaming on a plane and being a little bit violent, so we just put him on the floor," Roizen said. "Once he was handcuffed we just put him on a chair. We sat him in between another passenger and I, and we waited for the plane to land."

United Flight 116 from Hong Kong landed at Newark just after 1:30 p.m. and taxied to an area away from the gates. More than a dozen Port Authority police vehicles were parked on the tarmac.

Police went into the plane and removed the man in handcuffs. The man, wearing khakis, a blue shirt and a hooded jacket, was loaded onto a UMDMJ ambulance and driven away under police escort.

A spokeswoman for United confirmed the incident in a statement, saying: "While en route from Hong Kong to Newark, a passenger became disruptive on board United flight 116. The crew followed procedures and the flight is continuing as scheduled. "

An FBI spokesman said there is no indication that any passengers had actually been poisoned.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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