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Man who stripped naked on L.A.-bound jet held by FBI

July 1, 2009 |  4:39 pm

A passenger who stripped naked aboard a Los Angeles-bound US Airways jet, forcing its diversion to Albuquerque, will be arraigned Thursday and possibly be ordered to undergo a psychiatric examination, the FBI confirmed today.

Keith Anthony Wright, 50, a resident of New York, was being held in federal detention in New Mexico pending his appearance in court on charges of interference with a flight, said FBI spokesman Darrin Jones in Albuquerque.

 “He removed his clothing during the flight and refused to put them back on,” Jones said of the disruption aboard US Airways Flight 705 on Tuesday.

The flight crew was simultaneously dealing with an unrelated medical emergency on board when authorities ordered the plane that had originated in Charlotte, N.C., to land in Albuquerque, said Jones.

“There are no further details why he may have done what he did, but the court may order a medical or psychological exam during his court appearance,” Jones said.

Marius Langlete, a passenger seated across from Wright, helped an off-duty Los Angeles police officer on board restrain the naked man, then snapped a picture with his cellphone and posted the image on the Internet. Charlotte-area media websites provided links with their stories on the incident with the warning that they were “graphic images.”

-- Carol J. Williams