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Passenger charged with interfering with American Airlines flight crew

A passenger who tried to break down the cockpit door on an American Airlines flight headed for Dallas/Fort Worth Airport on Thursday was charged with interfering with a flight crew.

Jerry Ba Nguyen, 24, is currently in federal custody in Lubbock and was officially charged Friday, according to the U.S. Justice Department. American Airlines flight 2542, which originated in Ontario, Calif., diverted to Lubbock so Nguyen could be removed from the flight and arrested.

According to an FBI affidavit, Nguyen appeared agitated throughout the flight and made suicidal statements. The Las Vegas resident also said the police were not his friends and that the U.S. government was responsible for the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

“Upon final approach, Nguyen walked to the front of the aircraft and began banging on and kicking the cockpit door,” the affidavit says. “Nguyen was subdued by passengers at the request of the flight crew and then restrained with flex cuffs provided by the flight attendants.”

If convicted, Nguyen could face up to 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

Andrea Ahles: 817-390-7631, @Sky_Talk

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