Man who tried to open door says he was on wrong plane

  • Sun Jan 24th, 2010 9:54pm
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Associated Press

DENVER — A man accused of attempting to open an airplane’s exterior door while in flight has been released for a medical evaluation after investigators determined it wasn’t a terrorism matter, authorities said Sunday.

Passengers said the man said he was from California and was on the wrong plane.

The incident happened Saturday on a United Airlines jetliner en route from Washington, D.C., to Las Vegas. The plane was diverted to Denver.

An FBI spokeswoman Kathy Wright said a passenger tried opening one of the front doors of the airplane and may have tried to open the cockpit door before passengers restrained him.