FAIRBANKS - A 16-year-old passenger on a commuter plane in rural Alaska grabbed the controls and sent the plane into a steep climb and dive before being subdued by another passenger.
The teen boarded the Yute Commuter Service plane Thursday in Napakiak, a village of about 370 people on the Kuskokwim River 531 miles southwest of Fairbanks, according to an Alaska State Troopers news release. The aircraft was headed to Bethel. The teen, referred by the initials A.D., was seated in the front right seat of the small aircraft.
Shortly after takeoff, the teen grabbed the aircraft's yoke, causing the plane to climb steeply and then dive toward the ground. A passenger sitting behind the teen was able to subdue A.D., who released the aircraft's controls. The pilot regained control of the aircraft, the make and model of which were not released, and returned to Napakiak, landing safely.
Yute Commuter Service is a regional commuter airline, serving small villages in southwest Alaska and as a charter airline.
The teen was taken into custody. Troopers are working with the FBI, Bethel District Attorney's Office and Division of Juvenile Justice in its investigation.
No injuries were reported.