Man Admits Interrupting Flight That Made Emergency Landing in St. Louis

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Photo courtesy Paige Hoppie

Photo courtesy Paige Hoppie


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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  A man has pleaded guilty to disrupting a flight that had to make an emergency landing in St. Louis earlier this year.

34-year-old Reynel Alcaide of the Chicago area was on a Houston-to-Chicago flight on May 8th when he suddenly got out of his seat and ran up the aisle toward the front of the plane.

He pinned down a flight attendant who tried to stop him and made several attempts to open the exterior door of the plane in mid-flight.

Alcaide pleaded guilty to a felony count of interfering with flight crew members and faces up to 20-years in prison when he’s sentenced next year.



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