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Dave Chappelle

Deemed 'Safety Risk'

on Private Jet

7/4/2010 8:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A private jet carrying comedian Dave Chappelle made an emergency landing in Pittsburgh last night because the pilot couldn't handle Chappelle's erratic behavior, TMZ has learned.

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A source extremely familiar with the incident tells TMZ Chappelle boarded a private jet in New Jersey last night bound for Ohio -- where the actor lives.

During the flight, we're told Dave "freaked out" and refused to put his seat belt on. Then -- according to sources -- Dave repeatedly walked into the cockpit, asking how much longer the flight would be, and started grabbing the pilot's arms.

Sources say the pilot determined Chappelle was a safety risk and diverted the plane to Pittsburgh.

We're told Chappelle then checked into a nearby hotel for the night. Sources at the hotel tell us Dave has been telling hotel employees he wanted to rent a car to drive back to Ohio ... only he couldn't remember where he lived.

Chappelle was spotted wandering out of the hotel early this morning.

A rep for Chappelle explains the incident to TMZ by saying Dave really needed to use the restroom -- he ate something that didn't sit well -- and the bathroom on the plane was "not the kind he needed."

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136.

tom    

"Grabbing the pilot's arms..." I suspect if he wants to fly in a private plane in the future his first step will have to be to get a pilot's license.

1488 days ago
137.

bobo    

he is a comic genius.

1488 days ago
138.

Len    

I smell a new member for celebrity rehab............drugs are bad

1488 days ago
139.

Dirk B    

BS, he was high and hates white pilots.

1488 days ago
140.

Say What    

Gonzo! Nut job and a half. He either thinks they were wasting his time getting him home faster than any other freakin transportation known to man. But wait it gets worse???!! How do you not remember where you live unless unlesss you pschizo, bipolar, or another real baaaad day the kind of which is still so abnormal we tend to not want to ever think this could happen.

1488 days ago
141.

Kimchi    

If by "bathroom" you mean "psych ward", then yes, he really needed to go.

1488 days ago
142.

Cynthia J    

Just who does the guy think he is? Jesus Christ? He has to be freaking nuts to have trashed his career the way he has. He's a racist and he's not funny at all anymore. I think he's mentally ill. He'd better wake up and get some help.

1488 days ago
143.

Yaiqab    

they where trying to get him

1488 days ago
144.

Mary    

I'll come get ya Dave. You live down the street!!! Seriously!!!

1488 days ago
145.

Star    

I DONT believe it. The media always TRIES to make Dave into this crazy a** individual. KILLUMINATI!

1488 days ago
146.

Bill Hicks    

Like Richard Pryor said, That ******'s Crazy!!

1488 days ago
147.

sparky12g    

Wow, so insightful G.R. Maybe you should see if there is a town full of brain surgeons you can move to because you seem to be a real genius.

1488 days ago
148.

Hapticz    

kockpit ?

1488 days ago
149.

JoAnne    

I hope his show does come back on the air! Dave is a practical jokester anyway!

1488 days ago
150.

marketvalue    

He may really have some problems. Hopefully he had a handler.

1488 days ago
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