Teen ordered back to Calif after hijack plot

An error by controllers at an air traffic center put planes too close to each other over central Illinois. It was the second error by controllers at the FAA's Chicago Center radar facility in Aurora reported in a week, Friday, Dec. 21, 2007. (CBS/iStockphoto)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A teen accused in Nashville of concocting an ill-conceived plot to hijack an airliner was ordered back to California Friday.

The unidentified 16-year-old appeared before a juvenile court judge.

He is accused of boarding a Southwest Airlines plane with handcuffs, duct tape and what appeared to be a rope in his bag.

He was removed from a flight at Nashville's airport. Authorities said he was calm during the Tuesday flight and made no apparent attempt to commandeer the plane.

The arrest didn't become public for two days, and the boy's name hasn't been released because of his age.

Authorities haven't said how they learned the teen intended to hijack the plane or whether they would have had any reason to be suspicious before he boarded.

A law enforcement official said the boy was from Novato, Calif., a suburb of San Francisco.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)



 
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