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Jul 6, 2013 11:07 AM by Associated Press

Sept. 3 trial date for man in flight disruption

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A Sept. 3 trial date has been set for a man accused of trying to open an emergency exit door during an Alaska Airlines flight from Anchorage to Portland.

The Oregonian reports that 24-year-old Alexander Michael Herrera recently pleaded not guilty in federal court in Portland to charges of attempted destruction of an aircraft and interference with flight crew members and attendants.

The Rio Rico, Ariz., man was released pending trial.

According to a criminal complaint, he told investigators shortly after the May 27 incident that he had been diagnosed as bipolar and had not been taking his medicine.

Court papers say Herrera at one point turned his attention to the emergency exit and asked fellow passengers, "What would you do if I open the exit door?" Witnesses say he tried but other passengers and a flight attendant helped wrestle him to the floor and tie him with restraints. The plane landed safely.

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