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New details surface on forced plane landing

By Bonney Bowman 7:42 PM February 11, 2014

Flight attendants working on the plane headed from Tokyo to New York City told investigators they were frightened of what Nobuya Michael Ochinero might do

ANCHORAGE – Charging documents paint a vivid picture of what happened aboard a flight forced to land in Anchorage early Monday morning.

Attendants working on the All Nippon Airways flight headed from Tokyo to New York City told investigators they were frightened of what Nobuya Michael Ochinero might do.

That’s why they, with the help of three passengers, restrained him with zip ties before the plane landed at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

The report shows Ochinero drank four shots of gin and two beers during the flight.

He became combative when the flight crew cut him off.

A search of his luggage revealed 58 individual pill packets and numerous other medications.

Ochinero told investigators they were used to treat psychosis, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and gout.

Witness statements show Ochinero was hitting, spitting and screaming at the flight crew and other passengers before he was restrained.

Ochinero had a blood alcohol level of 0.137. He took the test about three hours after the plane landed.

According to the records, he admitted to investigators he pushed members of the flight crew, but claimed it was because he didn’t want them to touch him.

Ochinero was charged Tuesday with interfering with flight crewmembers and attendants.

His next court appearance is scheduled for later this month.

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