United Airlines Flight Makes Unscheduled Landing at McAllen Airport

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UPDATE (1/18): Miguel Angelo Soto Junior went before a judge and remains in federal custody.

He is facing charges for striking the flight attendant.

He could receive a sentence for up to 20 years in prison.


MCALLEN – A flight was diverted to McAllen after a passenger became aggressive on the plane.

United Airlines Flight 1838 had departed from Mexico City toward Houston Wednesday evening.

According to the criminal complaint, around 6:40 p.m. Miguel Angel Soto Jr., 27, kicked a woman on board multiple times with his foot.

The flight crew attempted to intervene; a female flight attendant told Soto to remain in his seat, but he struck her with his arm, the complaint states.

At that point, several passengers subdued Soto, including a DEA agent, according to a statement released by the Southern District Court of Texas Attorney Ryan Patrick.

The agent identified himself to Soto but he continued to resist.

Soto was subdued until the plane made the unscheduled stop at the McAllen International Airport close to 7:00 p.m.

Soto was arrested with the help of McAllen Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigations McAllen Office.

He is now expected to show up before a federal judge on Friday.

Soto is facing federal charges for assaulting a flight crew member while on an aircraft – that can come with a sentence of up to 20 years.


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