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IDAHO FALLS, Idaho - A passenger accused of unruly behavior that caused a plane to be diverted has pleaded guilty to three related charges.

Matthew Kleindorfer of Las Vegas was aboard a SkyWest Airlines flight from Helena to Salt Lake City on May 2 when it was diverted to Idaho Falls.

Authorities say the pilot made the unscheduled landing after Kleindorfer pounded on the cockpit door, and said he was a space alien and wanted to fly the plane.

The 32-year-old man pleaded guilty in court Wednesday to misdemeanor counts of battery, resisting arrest, and disturbing the peace, all for actions that occurred after the plane landed.

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The court suspended a one-year jail term and ordered him to serve two years probation.

He could still face federal charges for causing the disturbance during the flight.

 

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