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5 Jul 2015
FBI: Man tried to open airplane door at PDX
A man who allegedly attempted to open an emergency exit door in an airplane landing at Portland International Airport was arrested early Monday morning.
According to the FBI, Alexander Michael Herrera, 23, was subdued and restrained by passengers and crew members before he could open the door. He was arrested by Port of Portland police officers after the airplane landed and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center.
Herrera is expected to make an initial appearance on before a federal magistrate in Portland on Tuesday. He faces one count of interfering with a flight crew.
Investigators believe Herrera is from Arizona.
No one was injured in the incident, which happened at approximately 5:20 a.m. on May 27 on Alaska Airlines #132. The flight originated in Anchorage, Alaska.
Passengers and crew members interviewed by the port officers said Herrera made unusual statements prior to the incident, and then attempted to open the door.