For IMMEDIATE Release
FBI PRESS RELEASE
CONTACT: Beth Anne Steele
DATE: May 27,2013
Man Arrested on Charge of Interference with a Flight Crew
Port of Portland Police Officers detained and FBI Agents
arrested Alexander Michael Herrera, age 23, on a charge of interfering with a
flight crew after he allegedly attempted to open an emergency exit row door
during his plane's descent into Portland International Airport. The flight,
Alaska Airlines #132, was on its descent into PDX at approximately 5:20 a.m. on
Monday, May 27th when the incident occurred. Passengers and crew members
interviewed by Port of Portland Police Officers said the man made unusual
statements prior to the incident, and then attempted to open the door.
Passengers and crew subdued the man, and they restrained him until they landed
and Port officers boarded the plane. No one was injured.
The flight originated in Anchorage, Alaska. Investigators
believe Herrera is from Arizona.
Herrera is being booked into the Multnomah County
Detention Center, and he will likely make his initial appearance on Tuesday,
May 28, 2013, before a federal magistrate in Portland.