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Updated May 27, 2013 - 10:01 am

Arizona man tries to open exit door on Oregon-bound flight

PORTLAND, Ore. — FBI agents arrested a 23-year-old man accused of trying
to open an emergency exit during his plane’s descent into Portland International
Airport.

FBI spokeswoman Beth Anne Steele says passengers and crew aboard the Alaska
Airlines flight from Anchorage to Portland told investigators that Alexander
Michael Herrera made “unusual statements” before trying to open the door
Monday at about 5:20 a.m.

A passenger told KGW-TV he and others used shoelaces and seat-belt extensions
to restrain Herrera until the flight landed.

There were no injuries.

Steele says Herrera is from Arizona. She does not know his home city.

He is being booked into a Portland jail on a charge of interfering with a
flight crew and is expected to make his first court appearance Tuesday before a
federal magistrate.

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