Flight Disruptor Had Tried To Commit Suicide Before

ST. LOUIS (AP) –  An affidavit filed in federal court in St. Louis alleges that an Illinois man tried to open the door of a
passenger jet to commit suicide.

Thirty-four-year-old Reynel Alcaide of Burbank, Ill., faces federal charges, including interfering with a flight crew, for the
incident on May 8. Alcaide was on a Continental Airlines flight from Houston to Chicago when he allegedly got up and tried to open the jet door.

The flight was diverted to Lambert St. Louis Airport.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that during a hearing on Monday, a federal prosecutor said Alcaide had tried to commit suicide before.

A judge postponed a decision on setting bail and ordered a psychiatric exam.

Alcaide’s attorney asked that he be treated in a hospital setting rather than jail.
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press


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