Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Man locks himself in airplane cockpit, identified: Baton Rouge Metropolitan, Ryan Field (KBTR), Baton Rouge, Louisiana

A man locked himself inside the cockpit of this American Eagle plane. Police have the plane surrounded.
Photo courtesy WAFB-TV


 Officials at the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport have identified the man who locked himself in a cockpit Wednesday afternoon.

He's identified as Andrew Alessi. Officials have confirmed he was a ticketed passenger.

Officials said Alessi was a ticketed passenger for American Eagle Flight 2795 to Dallas/Fort Worth. They say he pushed past a gate agent around 11:30 a.m. and ran down the jetway on to the plane.

They said when he got onto the empty plane he ignored the commands of an agent cleaning it and went into the cockpit, locking the door behind him.

Investigators reported Metro Airport police and the Baton Rouge Police Department tried to negotiate with the man, but he refused.

Power and oxygen were cut externally and the man surrendered to police just before 3 p.m.

The airport remained open during the ordeal.

BRPD, Metro Airport police and the FBI are investigating.

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