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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- During his first court appearance, the man who police say caused a SkyWest plane to make an emergency landing asked the judge if he was a "normal person."
Matthew Kleindorfer, 32 years-old from Las Vegas, seemed unresponsive and confused during Tuesday's arraignment.
The judge had to read Kleindorfer his rights twice, since he wasn't sure if he heard him.
Kleindorfer is accused of trying to storm the cockpit during Sunday's flight from Helena, MT to Salt Lake City, UT.
He allegedly told flight crews he was a space alien and needed to fly the plane.
Police say Kleindorfer was still out of control after the plane made an emergency landing in Idaho Falls. He is accused of kicking an officer during his arrest.
"He was quite belligerent. Yelling," says Sgt. Phil Grimes with the Idaho Falls Police Department. "He kicked one of the officers two different times. He was handcuffed and put in leg restraints."
Neighbors call Kleindorfer a nice guy with no history of problems.
"It's hard to believe that he would do that," says Mary Lioubas.
During her last conversation with Kleindorfer a few days before the flight, Lioubas says he seemed different and told her he was having trouble sleeping.
Kleindorfer pleaded 'not guilty' in an Idaho Falls courtroom Tuesday.
Originally posted by silo13
Give him a plane.
See where he takes it.
(And yes, I hope he gets help)...
He allegedly told flight crews he was a space alien and needed to fly the plane…