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Federal Charges for Haven Taylor, Who Forced a Plane to Evacuate at JIA

4:49 PM, Sep 29, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The woman who forced the evacuation of an airplane before its trip to Atlanta said in her threatening note that she wanted to go to jail.

First Coast News obtained the report of the Sept. 20 incident from the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida.

The report contains the results of the investigation done by the FBI.

The conclusion is that Haven Taylor is being charged for false information and hoaxes in attempt to hijack an airplane.

A flight attendant on Delta Flight 2380 told the FBI she saw an envelope in the galley area of the aircraft as passengers were boarding.

The flight attendant said Taylor looked at her, then picked up the envelope, placed it on a Bible and walked it toward her, thrusting it into her face, saying, "Open it now."

The front of the envelope had "urgent" written on it in red ink.

The exact wording of the note, according to the FBI:

"I want to Hijack [sic] this plane. I AM UNARMED [sic]. I wish to go to jail ASAP [sic].  I'm sitting in seat SEAT 19A [sic]."

The flight attendant said she then took the note to the captain, who ordered Taylor off the plane. The flight attendant escorted Taylor back to the gate area at Jacksonville International Airport, where police took her into custody.

All the passengers got off the plane and went through screening again while the airplane was searched. Nothing suspicious was found, so the flight was allowed to go to Atlanta, more than an hour late and without Taylor.

Taylor spoke to the FBI, telling the agent she is suicidal and wanted to go to jail, the only place she feels safe from herself.

She also said she had no intent of hijacking the airplane, and referenced a similar incident she was involved with in Orlando in 2003. 

The note Taylor handed the flight attendant on that flight was nearly word-for-word of the Jacksonville note, and Taylor said she was hospitalized after the Orlando incident.

She had been considering the note for a couple of weeks, thinking about it while she was on a flight from Africa because she was lonely and suicidal.

Her husband reportedly told her to find something to live for, and she then told a psychiatrist she was going to pass the note.

The psychiatrist on Sept. 19 made her promise not to, Taylor said. That same day, she bought her ticket, paying cash for the flight to Atlanta, then connecting to Miami.

Based on the evidence and the interviews, the U.S. Attorney's office declared Taylor was trying to "engage in conduct with intent to convey false or misleading information under circumstances where such information may reasonably be believed."

Taylor faces up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

First Coast News

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