While the plane was flying in the air, a passenger tried to open the emergency door. He also attacked the staff who questioned him on this. He was arrested by the police after the plane landed.
First Published Mar 7, 2023, 9:56 AM IST
US police have arrested a passenger who tried to open the emergency door of a United Airlines flight mid-air and then stabbed a flight attendant in the throat. The incident took place while the flight was traveling between Los Angeles and Boston. A 33-year-old Leominster man has been arrested for allegedly opening an emergency door on a plane and stabbing a crew member in the throat, the US Department of Justice announced.
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The suspect’s name is Francisco Severo Torres. Police have charged him with obstructing the flight and using a dangerous weapon against the flight crew and attendants. Torres was arrested at Boston Logan International Airport on Sunday evening and appeared in court on March 9.
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Torres boarded a flight from Los Angeles to Boston. About 45 minutes before landing, the flight crew received an alarm that the starboard side door between the first class and coach sections of the cockpit was unlocked. On inquiring what had happened, the flight attendant noticed that the door lock handle had been removed. She then provided this information to the staff. Torres, a passenger, was at the door and tried to open it himself, she said.
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The assistant immediately spoke to Torres about the matter. Are there cameras there? He asked how they say that he unlocked the door. She asked the captain to land the plane as soon as possible because of Torres. At this point he stabbed her in the throat with a broken spoon.
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After that the passengers sitting in the plane rectified the situation. Torres was taken into custody after the plane landed in Boston. However, the police said that the accused who committed this act could be sentenced to 5 years and fined 2.5 million dollars.
Last Updated Mar 7, 2023, 9:56 AM IST