Teen Arrested for Taking Control of Commuter flight

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - A teen was arrested for briefly taking control of a small plane while sitting in the front passenger seat. The flight from Napakiak to Bethel takes about four minutes, and takes place on a small plane where passengers are allowed to sit in the front. Officials say the aircraft model does not have the ability to lock out passenger flight controls.
While the teen had control of the plane, he caused the plane to enter a steep climb, and then a dive toward the ground, according to the Alaska State Troopers.
The associated press reports a woman grabbed the teen around the neck to pull him away from the controls, allowing the pilot to stabilize the plane. The teenager was arrested in Bethel.
It is a federal offense to interfere with the duties of a flight crew - so local, state, and federal authorities have been involved in the case.