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Judge Rules Delusions Sent Man Into Cockpit

A mentally ill man who broke into a jetliner’s cockpit less than a month after the Sept. 11 attacks, but was driven back by the crew and passengers, was declared innocent by reason of insanity on Monday. A federal judge acquitted Edward Coburn, 32, a diagnosed schizophrenic, of the charge of interfering with the crew of the Chicago-bound American Airlines flight on Oct. 8, 2001. Coburn was ordered held until at least his next court hearing on May 29. The Fresno, California, man’s assault on the plane’s cockpit — which Coburn’s father said stemmed from not taking his medication — triggered a distress call that sent military jets speeding to the scene and sparked recent memories of the hijacked plane attacks on New York and Washington. Full Story

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