Man who tried to open door on flight from Maine faces Mass. judge

Posted May 11, 2012, at 10:31 a.m.
Last modified May 11, 2012, at 12:24 p.m.

BOSTON — A North Carolina man who authorities say became disoriented and tried to open a cabin door on a US Airways Express commuter jet from Maine to Philadelphia has been released on $500 bail at his arraignment.

Prosecutors had requested $1,500 bail at the arraignment Friday of 40-year-old Michael J. Ensalaco, of Mooresville, N.C.

Massachusetts State Police held Ensalaco overnight on a charge of interfering with a flight crew after the pilot diverted the flight to Boston on Thursday.

His lawyer said at the arraignment in East Boston District Court that his client suffers from a neurological disorder that causes disassociation and confusion. The lawyer says he expects charges to eventually be dropped because of the medical condition.

Friends and family members say Ensalaco is a married father of five.

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