PORTLAND -- A Portland man tried to force open a door on a Delta Airlines plane before getting tackled by other passengers, according to a report in The Boston Globe.
The report said that Anatoliy Baranovich was drunk and thought the wing was on fire when the aircraft started to land in Salt Lake City, so he frantically tried to open the rear door.
According to the FBI affidavit, Baranovich said he was on his way to Portland after visiting relatives in his native Ukraine, where he had become upset, and “got drunk and stayed drunk for the entire 50 days.”
The affidavit said that Baranovich continued drinking alcoholic beverages on the plane. He was also accused of assaulting and intimidating flight attendants.
When Baranovich strong-armed the door, it “malfunctioned the emergency inflatable slide, and caused extensive damage to the fuselage,” the affidavit said.
But the Captain was still able to safely land the plane and taxi to the nearest open gate.
Another passenger, who used to be a police officer, managed to put Baranovich in a wrist lock and held him until authorities boarded the plane and detained him, the FBI said. Baranovich was scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City Wednesday.
No one was injured in the incident, authorities said.