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Man Who Charged Cockpit on United Airlines Flight Sentenced to Jail

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | April 06, 2016

Man Who Charged Cockpit on United Airlines Flight Sentenced to Jail

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A man who charged the cockpit of a plane during a United Airlines flight in March 2015 was sentenced to nine months in prison after pleading guilty.

According to The Associated Press, 36-year-old David Patrick Diaz of Poughkeepsie, New York, pleaded guilty to interfering with a flight crew when he attempted to charge the cockpit of United Airlines Flight 1074 while yelling the word "jihad."

Flight 1074 was en route from Washington D.C. to Denver when the plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Dulles International Airport when Diaz became violent and out of control.

Thankfully, other passengers on the flight sprang into action, subdued Diaz and controlled him until the aircraft landed safely. Diaz’s lawyer told the court that the defendant had previous issues with mental illness and alcohol abuse.

While prosecutors originally asked for Diaz to serve 21 months in jail, the judge in Alexandria, Virginia, issued a nine month sentence instead. He was also ordered to pay $22,000 in restitution to United Airlines.


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