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Man leaves plane after locking himself in cockpit

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Posted: Aug 22, 2012 3:20 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Aug 22, 2012 4:03 PM
Source: Baton Rouge Police Department

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Topics: baton rouge, police, advocate, airplane, american eagle, cockpit, passenger

BATON ROUGE - Police said a man could face federal charges after he locked himself in the cockpit of an American Eagle airplane at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport today.

Airport security identified the man as Andrew Alessi, and said he exited the plane without incident around 3 p.m.

They said Alessi forced his way onto the plane as it was being prepared for a flight to Dallas from Baton Rouge, and locked himself in the cockpit. Airport security contacted him through the jet's communications equipment, but said he refused to speak to them.

A city police negotiator came in, and Cpl. Tommy Stubbs with Baton Rouge Police said Alessia surrendered after "a successful negotiation."

Stubbs said federal authorities were currently investigating the incident, and Alessi will face local and state charges as well as any federal charges.

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