Kihei resident facing charge of interfering with a flight crew

FBI agents arrested a 20-year-old Kihei man Tuesday for allegedly disrupting a flight a day earlier from London to Los Angeles.

Kevin Lee Mosele was charged with interfering with a flight crew, a federal crime that carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, the FBI said.

The charges were in a criminal complaint filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court.

According to a summary of probable cause in the complaint, Mosele’s eyes were bloodshot, and he “seemed to be intoxicated.” He spit on flight attendants, threatened to kill them, set off a bomb and open the door of the aircraft, British Airways Flight 283, the complaint says.

After 40 minutes of taking turns sitting next to Mosele to try to calm him down, four male flight attendants physically restrained him in his seat with handcuffs and nylon restraint straps, according to the document. For the next six hours of the flight, attendants conducted safety checks on Mosele, the complaint says.

The flight captain spent about two hours coping with Mosele and considered diverting the aircraft to Iceland, Calgary or Toronto to remove him from the flight.

FBI agents took Mosele into custody after the plane landed at Los Angeles International Airport.

Mosele remained free on a $10,000 bond. He was ordered to appear for arraignment on Aug. 4. It was unclear if he’d obtained a lawyer.