Authorities say a 16-year-old boy was arrested after he briefly gained control of a small aircraft during a short commercial flight over western Alaska.
KYUK-AM reports the teen was seated in the front passenger seat of the Piper Cherokee Six on a recent Yute Commuter Service flight from Napakiak to Bethel.
Alaska State Troopers say the teen grabbed the aircraft controls shortly after takeoff, causing the “plane to enter a steep climb and then a dive toward the ground.”
Authorities say a woman sitting behind the teen pulled him away, and the pilot regained control.
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The teen ran away after the flight returned to Napakiak, but he was arrested earlier this month in Bethel.
Authorities have not released the teen’s name because he is a minor.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.