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Five passengers subdue berserk man refused alcohol

February 28, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59It took five strong men to subdue an airline passenger who went berserk and allegedly punched a flight attendant in the face when told he would be refused more alcohol

Edgar Nafarrette Nonga is said to have flown into a violent rage when cabin crew declined to serve him more alcoholic drinks. Flight attendants apparently felt he had drunk enough already. Their judgement seems to have been borne out by Nonga’s subsequent behaviour.

At least five male passengers tackled the crazed Nonga on the flight from Manila to Los Angeles, papers are reporting.

Nonga, 53, of Lakewood in California, has been charged with interfering with a flight crew in the assault that allegedly began over alcohol.

He was led off the plane in flexicuffs.

Los Angeles Airport Police and FBI Agents met the plane after the flight’s captain alerted officials at LAX. Nonga was charged in US District Court in Los Angeles with interference with a flight crew.

He is accused of using profanity when making demands of cabin crew. He was warned several times, according to the complaint.

Nonga is accused of punching a flight attendant not once but “on two occasions” during the flight, allegedly hitting the attendant in the face and upper torso. His activity is said to have “distracted the flight crew in the performance of their duties”, which seems to be putting it mildly.

Nonga was handcuffed only after the second assault, the complaint states.

At an initial appearance before a federal magistrate judge in US District Court, Nonga was granted bail of USD 10,000, California’s Highland Community News reported.

A criminal complaint contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

In the US, attacking a member of cabin crew is a felony that could see Nonga jailed for up to 20 years if convicted.

Written by : Peter Needham

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