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FBI: AZ man tried to open plane door while in flight

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Alexander Michael Herrera, 23, was a passenger on an Alaskan Airlines flight Monday morning from Alaska to Portland, OR. (Source: Multnomah County, OR, Sheriff's Office) Alexander Michael Herrera, 23, was a passenger on an Alaskan Airlines flight Monday morning from Alaska to Portland, OR. (Source: Multnomah County, OR, Sheriff's Office)
PORTLAND, OR (CBS5) -

A Valley man has some explaining to do after the FBI said he tried to open an emergency exit on a plane - while in flight.

Alexander Michael Herrera, 23, was a passenger on an Alaskan Airlines flight Monday morning from Alaska to Portland, OR.

Passengers and crew members said he was making unusual statements before trying to open the door.

Herrera was sitting in the emergency exit row when, for whatever reason, he decided to try and open the door.

"It was a really loud hissing noise," said passenger Ryan Olerich. "And luckily, God bless, the passengers around him, men and women, just tackled him and pulled him off then held him down. (He) definitely put up a fight."

Passengers used shoelaces, zip ties and seat-belt extensions to restrain Herrera until the flight landed at Portland International Airport, according to one passenger.

Herrera was booked into a Portland jail on charges of interfering with a flight crew and was expected in federal court Tuesday.

The man who tackled Herrera on the plane will be on CBS This Morning at 7 a.m. MST Tuesday.

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