A Ukrainian traveler allegedly tried to open the emergency exit door of a moving jet at Salt Lake City International Airport, later telling federal agents that he had been drunk for 50 days and imagined a fire on the wing.
In federal charges filed Tuesday, agents wrote that Anatoliy Baranovich was a passenger Monday evening on Delta Flight 1215 from Boston, which was landing in Salt Lake City. Baranovich, who was asleep, woke up as the plane descended, agents wrote. He began yelling, in Russian, to his seatmate that he thought the wing of the Boeing 757 was on fire, agents wrote. The seatmate did not understand Baranovich.
As the plane touched down, about 10:30 p.m., Baranovich ran to the back emergency exit door and tried to open it, ignoring a flight attendant's orders to stop. In his efforts, Baranovich caused a malfunction that jammed the door, "malfunctioned" the inflatable slide and "caused extensive damage to the fuselage," agents wrote.