Philippine airport police arrests U.S. national for attempting to break plane window

17:13, March 19, 2010      

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Philippine airport policemen arrested a U.S. national Friday for attempting the break the glass window of a Philippine Air Lines aircraft bound for Cebu.

Superintendent Joey Salido, chief of the 7th Police Center for Aviation Security named the suspect as 80-year-old Rex Maybert Hampton, of Oregon, Portland.

Salido said they are preparing a charge of malicious mischief resulting to damage to property and violation of the Civil Air Regulation for endangering the life of the other passengers.

Salido said Hampton used the cane to hit the glass window of the Philippine Air Lines aircraft while on flight. He said the three-layer window glass sustained cracks on the first layer.

He added that the American's Filipina wife, Jovelyn, and the flight attendants were able to pacify Hampton. Hampton was taken into police custody shortly after the aircraft touched down about 6:30 a.m.

Quoting Jovelyn, Salido said Hampton went hysterical after thinking that somebody was out to kill him inside the plane.

Salido asked the wife if Hampton took a medicine before the flight.

"She (Jovelyn) said she cannot remember giving any medicine to her husband although she said that sometimes, he is taking anti- depressants," Salido said.


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