Mexican who jumped from an airplane which was taking off could receive 20 years in prison

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of La Paz, Mexico, 33-year-old, who tried to break into an airplane cockpit last week being under the influence of methamphetamine before he jumped from the moving plane in Los Angeles, underwent surgery and is expected to appear in federal court this week on a charge of interference with a flight crew. If convicted, he could receive 20 years in prison. He smoked the drug before heading to the airport. The plane was about to take off. He pounded on the locked cockpit door and tried to open it as the flight attendant prayed the pilots – who were confused by the banging – would not open the door. He told the FBI that his panic attack potentially “gave him the strength to open the door.” He got away and jumped from the aircraft, missing the emergency slide and landing on the tarmac, breaking his right leg.

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According to a criminal complaint, Victoria Dominguez was a passenger on United Airlines flight 5365 – operated by SkyWest Airlines – scheduled to fly from LAX to Salt Lake City. Victoria Dominguez is accused of pushing past the flight attendant and going to the emergency exit on the right side of the plan where he opened the door and caused the emergency slide to deploy. The FBI is investigating the case and received “substantial assistance from the Los Angeles Airport Police Department.” Assistant United States Attorney Solomon Kim of the General Crimes Section is prosecuting this case.