Former Flight Attendant Sentenced For Plane Fire

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A former flight attendant who set fire to an airplane bathroom and forced an emergency landing in Fargo has been sentenced to more than six years in prison.

Eder Rojas was charged with setting fire aboard an aircraft and failing to appear in court. Authorities say he started a fire on a May 2008 Compass Airlines flight from Minneapolis to Regina, Saskatchewan.

Investigators said Rojas started the fire because he was unhappy about working the route. His defense attorney said Friday that Rojas likely did it because he has a narcissistic personality disorder and wanted to be a hero. Rojas helped put out the blaze.

Rojas was a fugitive for nearly three years.

Judge Ralph Erickson sentenced Rojas to 74 months in prison and ordered nearly $100,000 restitution.

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