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Man charged with threatening Miami flight

Brazilian man charged with sending email threat against flight from Miami to Brasilia

Man charged with threatening Miami flight

MIAMI (AP) -- Authorities say a Brazilian man is charged with sending police and airline officials an email claiming that a plane scheduled to fly from Miami to Brasilia was going to be attacked.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami reports 22-year-old Francisco Fernando Cruz was charged with transmitting a threat in interstate or foreign commerce.

A criminal complaint says Miami-Dade police and TAM Airlines received an email Wednesday threatening a specific Friday flight.

It says police traced the email to a computer at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey, and the university captured video of Cruz using the computer.

Authorities learned Cruz was scheduled to be on the threatened flight. Cruz was arrested after traveling from New York to Miami on Thursday. It was not immediately clear whether he has an attorney.

Updated : 2021-10-19 20:45 GMT+08:00