- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 9, 2002

MIAMI (AP) An airline passenger who kicked in the bottom of a cockpit door and tried to wiggle through said he wanted to "destroy everything" after being subdued with an ax by crew members, according to the FBI.
Pablo Moreira Mosca, 29, a bank employee from Uruguay, was arrested after the incident Thursday on a United Airlines flight bound from Miami to Buenos Aires with 157 persons aboard.
Argentine authorities said they were investigating whether he was under the influence of drugs or mentally unhinged. U.S. officials said he did not appear to be drunk and was not armed, and that it did not appear to be a terrorist act.
Mr. Moreira was sent back to the United States and appeared in court yesterday on a charge of interfering with a flight crew, which carries up to 20 years in prison.
United reinforced its cockpit doors with metal bars after the September 11 terrorist attacks. United Chairman and Chief Executive Jack Creighton said the reinforced door helped keep Mr. Moreira from entering the cockpit.
Passengers said that a few hours into the trip, Mr. Moreira began shouting that he wanted to talk to the pilot and rushed to the front of the jet.
In December, Richard C. Reid was arrested on suspicion of trying blow up a trans-Atlantic flight with explosives hidden in his sneakers. Officials said he was an al Qaeda-trained terrorist.


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