Man allegedly tries to storm cockpit during Alaska Airlines flight from San Diego to Dulles

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A student aviator tried getting into nan cockpit of a cross-country formation to Washington D.C., telling unit members he was simply "testing them" pinch this vulnerable stunt, authorities said.

19-year-old Nathan Jones was aboard Alaska Airlines Flight 322 from San Diego to Dulles International Airport connected March 3 erstwhile he "made 3 abstracted attempts to spell to nan beforehand of nan level and unfastened nan aircraft's cockpit door," according to an affidavit by Federal Air Marshal Thomas Pattinson.

Flight attendants "requested nan assistance of off-duty rule enforcement officers, who restrained Jones successful flex cuffs and sat connected either broadside of him for nan remainder of nan flight," Pattinson added.

When formation attendants asked Jones what he was doing, nan suspect allegedly said he "was testing them," according to nan affidavit.

Jones has been charged pinch alleged interference pinch a formation crew, which carries a maximum punishment of 20 years down bars.

Jones had been surviving pinch his mother successful Northern Virginia earlier this incident and defense lawyer Robert Jenkins wants his customer psychologically evaluated earlier immoderate benignant of trial.

"We are very concerned astir his intelligence health," Jenkins said successful a connection to NBC News connected Wednesday. "I intend to petition that nan tribunal evaluating him for competency to guidelines trial."

After Flight 322 landed, Jones consented to person his belongings searched and investigators recovered "multiple notebooks pinch writings describing really to run an aircraft, including take-off, in-air and landing techniques," Pattinson wrote.

Jones' "wallet contained a student pilot's license," nan aerial marshal added.

For nan remainder of nan trip, a beverage cart was placed astatine nan cockpit doorway and 1 of formation attendant stood guard, officials said.

David K. Li

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