Reynel C. Alcaide, Continental Passenger Who Tried To Open Plane Door, Was Trying To Kill Himself

Posted May 17th 2011 12:00 PM



AP File

An Illinois man who tried to open the door on a Chicago-bound flight on May 8th was trying to kill himself, according to a St. Louis court affidavit.

The 34-year old man, Reynel C. Alcaide, was flying from Houston to Chicago on Mother's Day when he pinned a flight attendant against a wall shortly after take off and tried to open an emergency door repeatedly, authorities said at the time.

He was subdued by passengers and the flight diverted to St. Louis, where "police officers boarded the plane and found the disruptive passenger on the floor near the front of the plane, being detained by a flight attendant and two passengers," an St. Louis airport spokesman told Reuters.

A court affidavit claims that Alcaide was trying to "end his life" and was not concerned about the safety of the other passengers aboard the flight.

In a hearing on Monday, a St. Louis prosecutor said that Alcaide had tried to commit suicide before, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Alcaide was charged with a crime involving an aircraft and interfering with a flight crew on May 9th.

An assistant U.S. attorney told the St. Louis court on Monday that Alcaide had been returning from an international trip to visit family at the time of the incident. Alcaide told court interviewers that he was having marital problems and planned to move out of the home he shares with his wife.

A judge has postponed a decision on setting bail and has instead ordered Alcaide to get a psychiatric evaluation. Alcaide's attorney asked that he be treated in a hospital, not jail, the Associated Press reports.

This incident was amongst a slew of such incidents that occurred earlier this month. Minutes from landing in San Francisco, an American Airlines passenger yelled "God is great!" and attempted to storm the cockpit on May 8th. On May 10th, a Delta passenger on a Boston-bound flight tried to open an emergency door but was subdued.

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Is AOL/HuffPo purposely getting the facts wrong.
The AA passenger was a Muslim who yelled Allah Akbar and stormed the cockpit.

May 18 2011 at 7:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Clearly he was caught up is a situation with his abusive wife that drove him to do this. He should not have done it on an aircraft that would have harmed other people though. Sadly there are no battered mens shelters in America for a man to seek as a safehaven from an abusive wife.

May 18 2011 at 5:43 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

The comments are WAY better than the story LOL

May 18 2011 at 5:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cable Hougex

This selfish unthinking bastard, They should charge him with multipel counts of attemped murder. How ever many people that was on that flight. Each 1 equils a count of attemped murder. It is 1 thing to kill your self but to take unwilling lives along for the ride is akin to terrism. He was worried about moving out of his house. Maybe he could not find a place to live in. So lock that prick up for 99 years. No problem finding a place any more. The other thing I hate about this guy is... to attempt to kill your self is a cry for help and attention. Screw him he deserves no pitty. He could have shot the top of his head off or hanging his sorry ass. But no..... He figured if he is unhappy I'm going to make many more folks unhappy too. Just think of all those peoples friends and family. If he brought down that plan he even could have kill people on the ground. That would have showed his wife Huh?

May 18 2011 at 2:54 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Bad to him and don't try open door when running plan ..

May 18 2011 at 2:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think the "incidents" need to be investigated further. Two on one day and another one two days later and involving three different airline companies. Sounds suspiciously like "test runs."

May 18 2011 at 1:09 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

lower the aircraft to 10000 ft slow the plane down with full flaps and let the person out depending where the plane was am sure there are no mountains to worry about so the plane can fly to chi town at 10000 ft
and at a speed of 170 kts that is over or near 200 mph but no the plane has to be at 39 k to not eat up fuel
but if the plane was at 10 k just open the door and say here you are but for all those middle age men and young ones as well if the wife wants out of the marriage she pays for everything and best of yet fly to thialand or the philippines you can have all the putane coming out of your ears yes am divorced and thank god the wife was costing me moremoney then she makes... and worst yet there was no real return on investment the worst thing I done was getting married because the wife is the most expensive Gilrfirend you will ever have my brothers wife dosent work she is lazy keeps a clean house cleaner then most white folk i ever know and yes am white but flipinos and most asians have much cleaner house but this way clean she dose not work and if my brother dies she is ass out of a job because she has not worked or has any employeement history for over 10 years except that of a waitress go figure ......

May 18 2011 at 12:01 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to brianp67's comment

I can see very well WHY you are single.

May 18 2011 at 12:41 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

Where the hell has grammer checking gone?
My second grade teacher would have failed me had I written such trash.

May 17 2011 at 11:48 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Phil's comment

grammer????????????????????? Hello it's GRAMMAR

May 18 2011 at 5:39 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

If I was on my way to Chicago, I'd try to jump out of the plane too.

May 17 2011 at 9:59 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

It's inevitable given today's air travel environment. You stand in line for an hour or two to get the Lara Logan treatment by TSA before boarding, not a good thing to happen immediately before something that makes people anxious to begin with.

May 17 2011 at 9:41 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply