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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Friday, January 8, 2016

North Carolina Woman Charged With Interfering With Flight Crew

PHILADELPHIA - Sarah Buffett, 41, of Charlotte, North Carolina, was charged yesterday by Information with assaulting another person, while in the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. The charge arises from the defendant’s unruly conduct on a flight from Charlotte to London last July, which caused the flight crew to divert the plane to Philadelphia, which inconvenienced hundreds of other passengers.


If convicted the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of one year in prison, followed by one year of supervised release, a possible fine, and a $25 statutory assessment.


The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark B. Dubnoff.


An Information is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated February 4, 2016