Texas Man Who Tried To Open Plane’s Emergency Exits Indicted

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(Memphis) A 63-year-old man from Austin, Texas, was indicted Wednesday for trying to open an AirTran plane’s emergency exits Monday.

Randolph Robinson is charged with “knowingly and willfully attempting to damage, destroy, disable and wreck an aircraft, specifically, AirTran Airways Flight 265, by attempting to open exits while the aircraft was in flight.”

He’s also charged with interfering with the duties of the flight crew by attempting to open the emergency exit.

According to the federal indictment, his actions forced the flight attendants to physically remove him from the doors and the flight crew then had to divert the plane to Memphis.

Robinson faces up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and supervised release of up to five years for each count if convicted.

The Joint Terrorism Task Force, which is led by the FBI and includes federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, conducted this investigation.