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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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G.R.    

Maybe he needs to move to Hollywood. His mental state would allow him to fit right in with the other celebs.

1468 days ago
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Gridiron    

Well, everyone said you had to be crazy to walk away from $50 million dollars. I guess that theory is now a law.

1468 days ago
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johnmerrick    

i'm beating and i could be wrong TMZ is full of crap on this.

making it seem as if he's crazy.

1468 days ago
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Trish    

Maybe its part of his comedy act. The pilot has no sense of humor. Maybe he needs to go to the "funny farm." Get it? Funny farm... Hahaha

1468 days ago
5.

ITSBrad     

AAHAHAHAHAHAH HE PROBABLY NEEDED A JOINT!!!!

1468 days ago
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Dani    

I hope they didn't let him wonder off by himself...thanks for stating whether or not he was alone....nice cliff hanger there....leave it to TMZ....Forget Harvey Levin. Where's Paul Harvey when you need him?!?!?

1468 days ago
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johnmerrick    

i'll bet TMZ just twisted the story to play into the dave is crazy angle.

1468 days ago
8.

craig    

he takes medicine for severe anxiety,that mixed with the celebrity drugs would make mother theresa a flight risk

1468 days ago
9.

Superman    

Tell Pinball to lay off the crack!

Oh, and how is a passenger allowed in the ****pit?!? Isn't the ****pit suppose to be locked?!?

1468 days ago
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Celebrities Suck    

hahaha was this before or after he smoked pot? Pot makes you do some crazy ****...

1468 days ago
11.

Dani    

Hey Superman,
Guess you can't say ****pit, lol!!

1468 days ago
12.

Vee    

Oh, dear Lord I am so sorry to hear this! Let's all pray and send good thoughts to David. I hope he gets better soon.

1468 days ago
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johnmerrick    

****pit! ****pit! ****pit! ****pit!

lol

1468 days ago
14.

Mike    

LMFAO!!, its a chappelle show skit, yall didnt hear thats coming back on air??

1468 days ago
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Trish    

He probably didnt wanna tell them where he lived lol.

1468 days ago
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