July 28, 2011 / 5:45 PM / 8 years ago

Two brothers arrested in Miami after pilot attacked

MIAMI, July 28 (Reuters) - Two brothers were arrested at Miami International Airport on Wednesday night after they attacked a pilot who had asked them to leave a flight bound for San Francisco, police said.

American Airlines flight 1755 was taxiing to the runway when a flight attendant noticed that Jonathan Baez, 27, had not buckled his seat belt, police said.

The flight attendant told police that she tried to wake Baez up, but he was unresponsive and appeared to be intoxicated or on drugs.

She then notified the pilot, who turned the plane around and asked the man to get off.

The man’s brother, 29-year-old Luis Baez, also decided to leave and told the pilot, “When you fly to San Juan, I will have you killed,” according to police.

The brothers left, but then came back and Jonathan Baez hit the pilot in the face, according to the arrest report. He also struck a flight attendant in the shoulder as she tried to intervene.

As the pilot followed them off the plane, the brothers started beating him and chased him into the terminal, where they were held by other members of the flight crew and passengers until police arrived, the arrest report said. (Reporting by Dale K. DuPont; editing by Colleen Jenkins and Greg McCune)

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