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Ukrainian man admits to disrupting Delta flight

By Dennis Romboy, Deseret News

Published: Tue, April 1 11:00 a.m. MDT

 A Delta jets lands at Salt Lake City International Airport, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014.

A Delta jets lands at Salt Lake City International Airport, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014.

(Ravell Call, Deseret News Archives)

SALT LAKE CITY — A Ukrainian man admitted in federal court to disrupting a Delta Air Lines flight as it landed in Salt Lake City two years ago.

Anatoliy N. Baranovich, 47, pleaded guilty Monday to interference with a flight crew in an agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors dropped three other charges against him and agreed to recommend he serve 36 months probation.

Baranovich was traveling from Boston to Salt Lake City in October 2012 when he woke up during the plane's descent and yelled in Russian that the wing of the airplane was on fire. He ran to the galley at the back of the plane and tried to open the emergency exit door, ignoring flight attendants' instructions to stop. Several passengers, including a former police officer, restrained him.

A criminal complaint said Baranovich was visiting family in Ukraine and got drunk for 50 days. He was headed to Portland, Ore.

— Dennis Romboy

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