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Pilot threatened to crash plane with 200 passengers on board if his wife left him

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BERLIN — A pilot threatened to crash a passenger plane with 200 passengers on board if his wife left him – but was stopped by police just minutes before take-off, a report said on Monday.

The anonymous pilot, in his 40s, sent a text to his wife saying he would kill himself alongside the 200 passenger on his Rome-Japan flight after she obviously debilitated to leave him, The Times reported on the incident that occurred in January last year.

However, the police figured out how to stop the pilot at Fiumicino airport in Rome from taking controls of the flight minutes before take-off.

His wife had warned authorities after he sent her an instant message undermining to confer suicide and murder everybody on board the long-haul flight from Rome, the report said.

Another pilot took his place and passengers were not told about the incident that has been kept secret until now, the report said.

The Italian pilot sent the text message after his wife announced she was leaving him, and referred to the flight he was due to take that night.

The pilot had previously been reported to police by his wife for mistreatment. He remains suspended and is undergoing psychiatric evaluation, according to reports.

This incident happened two months before German pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately crashed his Germanwings A320 in the Alps, killing 149 people.


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Dead man alive: Romanian court rejects man’s claim he’s alive

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BUCHAREST — A Romanian court has rejected a man’s claim that he’s alive, after he was officially registered as dead.

A court spokeswoman said Friday that 63-year-old Constantin Reliu lost his case in the northeast city of Vasului because he appealed too late. The ruling is final.

Media reported Reliu went to Turkey in 1992 for work and lost contact with his Romanian family. Hearing no news from her husband, his wife managed to get a death certificate for him in 2016.

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Turkish authorities located Reliu this year with expired papers and deported him. When he arrived in Romania, he discovered he had been declared dead.

He was quoted as saying: “I am officially dead, although I’m alive, I have no income and because I am listed dead, I can’t do anything.”

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