May 21, 2022

Man who tried to breach cockpit and jumped from moving plane at LAX sentenced to prison

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A man who officials said tried to break into a cockpit, assaulted a flight attendant and then jumped out of the exit door of a moving airplane at Los Angeles International Airport was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in prison.

Luis Armando Victoria Dominguez, a 34-year-old resident of La Paz, Mexico, was also ordered to pay $20,132 in restitution after previously pleading guilty to one count of interfering with a flight crew member and a flight attendant, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

On June 25, 2021, Dominguez was a passenger on a United Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City.

Shortly after the plane left the gate, Dominguez sprinted to the front of the aircraft and “began banging on the cockpit door and manipulating the locked doorknob,” a FBI affidavit says.

After failing to get into the cockpit, prosecutors allege in a news release, “Dominguez pushed past the flight attendant and went to the emergency exit … where he managed to partially open the door, causing the emergency slide to partially deploy.”

Prosecutors say a passenger tried to restrain Dominguez, who managed to jump from the aircraft. Dominguez injured himself when he landed on the tarmac, according to court filings, and tried to crawl away.

Fresh into the country from Mexico, he was trying to get to Salt Lake City and had missed a couple of previous flights and had used meth in previous days, a criminal complaint said. He told the FBI he panicked after he supposedly heard other passengers say their destinations were elsewhere and he needed to get off of the plane because he wasn’t feeling well and panicked.

The pilot was forced to shut off the engines as soon as the emergency exit opened in order to avoid having the slid sucked into the engine, prosecutors said. The plane was left out of commission for four days, prosecutors added.

The incident was investigated by the FBI, with the help of the Los Angeles Airport Police Department.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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