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Flight Attendant Extinguishes Fire He Secretly Started

Flight attendant Johnathan Tafoya-Montano, 23, was working on an American Airlines flight from Dallas to Detroit. He claimed to have found a fire in a lavatory and went to put it out.

The plane declared an emergency landing, but landed safely in Detroit. After he extinguished the flames, he was hailed a hero. Yet, after an FBI investigation, it was found that Tafoya-Montano actually lit the fire himself. It is unclear why he decided to start the fire.

He first doused the flames in the bathroom with paper towels. After that, he stood in the aisle for a few minutes before going back into the lavatory and pretending to discover the fire. He has now been charged with destruction of an aircraft or aircraft facilities and making false statements. He made his first court appearance yesterday in Detroit.

The FBI said he admitted to starting the fire. He was released on bond with conditions. He is also prohibited from flying without permission of the court. After the hearing, he was escorted back to the Detroit Airport and boarded a flight back to Dallas.

The judge ordered Tafoya-Montano to stay seated the entire flight, and a corporate security officer went with him to make sure he followed the orders.

Photo: Independent

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