Australian Woman Convicted at Trial of Assault and Interference with Crew on Flight That Landed at Los Angeles International Airport
LOS ANGELES – An Australian woman who assaulted a flight attendant during a United Airlines flight from Melbourne to Los Angeles International Airport earlier this year has been found guilty of federal charges.
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Adau Akui Atem Mornyang, 24, of Victoria, Australia, was convicted on Thursday in relation to a January 21 incident in which she appeared to be intoxicated and was verbally and physically abusive to personnel and other passengers during the flight. The jury found Mornyang guilty of a felony charge of interference with a flight crew and a misdemeanor assault count.
According to the evidence presented at trial, several hours into the flight, passengers approached a flight attendant to complain about Mornyang’s disruptive behavior, which included flailing her arms and yelling obscenities and racial slurs.
When the flight attendant approached to assess the situation, Mornyang began to shout at the flight attendant and then slapped him across his face. The flight attendant attempted to restrain Mornyang until federal air marshals could assist. The federal air marshals were forced to stay with Mornyang in the rear galley of the plane for the remainder of the flight.
Mornyang is scheduled to be sentenced on June 24 by United States District Judge Cormac J. Carney. As a result of the guilty verdicts returned on March 14, Mornyang faces a statutory maximum sentence of 21 years in federal prison. Adau Akui Atem Mornyang will be sentenced on June 24, 2019
This case was investigated by the FBI, which received assistance from the Federal Air Marshals and the Los Angeles Airport Police Department.
The case against Mornyang is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys MiRi Song and Kevin Reidy of the General Crimes Section.
It is a natural question to wonder what made this drunken event such a serious legal and international matter. Apparently, when anyone interferes with an FAM (Federal Air Marshal) during the carrying out of the FAM’s normal course of work, one is not only endangering the FAM but the ability for that FAM to protect the lives or safety of other passengers.
The drunken incident was bad enough because the FAM could not conduct his duties because he had to focus on being Mornyang’s caretaker (ensuring she did not hurt herself or other passengers). The incident however escalated to a serious violent Federal Offense when the drunken Mornyang kicked the FAM in the chest with her foot (backed by the strength of her entire leg) and knocked the wind out of the FAM’s chest.
At that moment Mornyang’s battery disabled the FAM from conducting any duties. At that point Mornyang had endangered the lives and safety of other passengers and crew because the FAM was unable to conduct his duties. Interfering with a flight crew member’s ability to do his or her job is bad enough but to physically disable a FAM falls under Federal Maritime Law.
Mornyang’s sentencing is scheduled for June 24, 2019 by District Judge Cormac J. Carney. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 21 years in federal prison.