Texas man charged with trying to open exit on plane from BWI

August 22, 2013|By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun

A Texas man was indicted in federal court Thursday amid accusations he unsuccessfully tried to open the emergency hatch on an in-air flight from Baltimore to Austin earlier this week, prosecutors said.

Randolph B. Robinson, 63, of Austin, was indicted in federal court in western Tennessee. Prosecutors there said Robinson had to be restrained by flight attendants when he tried to open the exits on AirTran Airways Flight 265 on Monday evening while the plane was in the air. The flight was bound from Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport to Austin–Bergstrom International Airport and was diverted to Memphis.

He's charged with knowingly and willfully attempting to damage, destroy, disable and wreck an aircraft and knowingly interfering with the duties of the flight crew. Robinson faces up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and supervised release of up to five years for each count.



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