Tags: Co-pilot | Axes | Cockpit | Intruder

Co-pilot Axes Cockpit Intruder

Thursday, 07 February 2002 12:00 AM

UAL Flight 855, en route from Miami to Buenos Aires, Argentina, continued on and landed safely. The man, identified by the FBI in Miami as Uruguayan banker Pablo Moreira, 28, was arrested.

"No information at this time indicates it's a terrorist incident. But, of course, the FBI is investigating," said Gordon Johndroe, spokesman for President Bush's Homeland Security Council.

Moreira "never gained full entry due to the reinforced cockpit door bar United has installed on all of its fleet," Chairman and CEO Jack Creighton said in a statement.

Passenger Jan Boyer told CNN he was asleep in his first-class seat when he heard a commotion at the front of the plane and looked up to see a man kicking the cockpit door "in sort of a Kung Fu style."

"I said what are you doing, and he said, 'I want to talk to the captain,'" Boyer told CNN.

Moreira was able to wedge himself halfway through a bottom opening in the cockpit door; the co-pilot then whacked him "bluntly on the head" with an ax kept in the cockpit for emergencies, Boyer said.

Boyer and other passengers and crew then dragged Moreira, who was bleeding, away from the cockpit and restrained him in a seat.

Moreira did not appear drunk and was not armed, the FBI said. He was flown back to Miami and expected to be charged with interfering with a flight crew.

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UAL Flight 855, en route from Miami to Buenos Aires, Argentina, continued on and landed safely. The man, identified by the FBI in Miami as Uruguayan banker Pablo Moreira, 28, was arrested. No information at this time indicates it's a terrorist incident. But, of course,...
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