June 25, 2014 7:20 pm

Screaming on a plane may result in $57,000 fine

Anatoliy Baranovich, 47, leaves the Federal Courthouse Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in Salt Lake City. A judge has ordered a Ukrainian truck driver to serve two years' probation for screaming aboard a flight from Boston to Salt Lake City that a wing had caught fire.

AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

SALT LAKE CITY – A judge has ordered a Ukrainian man to serve two years’ probation for screaming aboard a flight from Boston to Salt Lake City that a wing had caught fire.

A U.S. District judge on Wednesday also sentenced 47-year-old Anatoliy Baranovich to pay $57,000 to Delta Air Lines for damaging a plane door when he tried to yank it open.

Baranovich told authorities he had been drinking heavily for 50 days before causing the melee. He was also accused of offering federal agents money to let him go.

Defence attorney Ron Yengich says the behaviour isn’t typical of his client.

Baranovich pleaded guilty earlier to interfering with a flight crew. He faced up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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