WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- The FBI has opened an investigation of a passenger death on an AeroMexico flight where passengers helped flight attendants restrain him.
Alexander Siess, 25, of Austria, had been drinking heavily and disturbing passengers aboard the flight Oct. 11 from Mexico City to Paris, federal officials said.
He was pronounced dead in New York City after pilots made an emergency stop there. No official cause of death has been announced, USA Today reported Wednesday.
His death marks the second time in three years a passenger has died aboard a flight over the United States after being subdued by other passengers. In 2000, a 19-year-old man who had tried to kick in the cockpit door on a Southwest Airlines flight suffocated when passengers restrained him.
Flight attendants say the incident underscores the need for better training to help them keep order during a flight. The need is particularly acute after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.