SCRANTON, Pa. (WHTM) — A Canadian man has been indicted on a charge of interference with a flight crew on Tuesday, July 26.
According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, the indictment alleges that on July 24, 2022, 20-year-old Sebastian Bien-Aine, a resident of Toronto, Canada, was a passenger on Porter Airlines Flight 134, which departed from Newark, New Jersey and heading to Toronto.
During the flight, Bien-Aine left his seat and charged the flight deck door, and attempted to open the door. Because of this, the plane landed at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport in Avoca, Pennsylvania. Upon arriving in Avoca, Bien-Aine was taken into custody by the FBI.
The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is up to 20 years in prison, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, as well as a fine.
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Bien- Aine is presumed to be innocent until found guilty in court.