SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A 26-year-old Yemeni native accused of trying to barge into the cockpit of a San Francisco-bound flight has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of interfering with a flight crew.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Rageh Al-Murisi was ordered Friday to remain jailed without bail until his next hearing on June 23.

Al-Murisi could face 20 years in prison and $350,000 in fines and restitution payments for the May 8 incident aboard American Airlines Flight 1561 from Chicago.

Rageh Al-Murisi in the back of a patrol car at SFO.

He is accused of trying to open the cockpit door twice before he was subdued by crew members and passengers. Authorities say he repeatedly yelled “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is great” in Arabic.

His lawyer says his client was in mental crisis and did not intend to crash the plane.

Comments (5)
  1. JJC says:

    Yeah, so where the guys that crashed into the twin towers, they where in mental crisis also. The only thing i disagree with was the crew and passengers letting tthis guy live. The should have opend a door and threw him out. Then he could see how great his god is while flapping on the way down.

  2. AF Vet says:

    Not guilty my butt!

  3. TruthDotWs says:

    Tired of being lied to? Tired of walking on egg shells?
    No egg shells, just the hard facts.

  4. Zero Tollerance says:

    It seems that the older I get, the less tollerance I have…..

    Kill the B.A.S.T.A.R.D…………

    Just kill him…………

  5. Primetime Editorials says:

    he needs another azz whooping
    they should do some waterboarding on him
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