Judge: Flight disturbance defendant incompetent

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Posted: Dec 09, 2011 9:40 AM
Judge: Flight disturbance defendant incompetent

A Yemeni national who pounded on a cockpit door on an American Airlines flight from Chicago as it was descending to San Francisco has been ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial.

The San Mateo County Times reports ( http://bit.ly/tOI5nW) that a federal judge on Thursday ordered 28-year-old Rageh Almurisi to spend four months in treatment before his mental state is reevaluated.

Almurisi has pleaded not guilty to interfering with a flight crew.

Witnesses saw him walk quickly toward the front of American Airlines flight 1561 on May 9 and bang on the cockpit door about a half hour before the plane was supposed to land while reportedly shouting "God is Great" in Arabic.

Authorities say Almurisi was tackled by a flight attendant and subdued with the help of other passengers.

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Information from: San Mateo County Times, http://www.sanmateotimes.com