A federal jury on Friday found a 53-year-old Texas physician guilty of interfering with an American Airlines flight attendant during a direct flight from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to Maui last March.
Witnesses said that William Clark Turner, of Kemp, Texas, was threatening and verbally abusive toward other passengers during the flight, and then interfered with the ability of a flight attendant to perform her normal duties in order to manage the incident.
After Turner’s actions were conveyed to the pilot, the cockpit was placed on lockdown for the duration of the flight so that no one could either enter or exit the cockpit.
Sentencing is scheduled for June 5 before Senior District Judge Susan Oki Mollway. Turner faces a maximum term of 20 years in prison.
The jury, after the four-day trial, found Turner not guilty of two counts of simple assault.