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Flight attendant jailed for six years for setting fire to aircraft’s bathroom

18 December 2011

A flight attendant who started a fire on an aircraft mid-flight just so he could ”play the hero” by putting it out has been jailed for more than six years.

Eder Rojas, 23, risked the lives of 72 passengers and four crew members, when he set fire to paper towels in the plane’s rear bathroom while he was working on the Compass Airlines flight.

Investigators accused Rojas, of Woodbury, Minnesota, of starting the fire because he was unhappy about working the route from Minneapolis to Regina, Saskatchewan.

A tearful Rojas said that he was sorry for what he did and would accept any punishment he received.


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