Friday, July 27, 2007

A Jerk Named Chiu

Is it just me or do doctors have BIGhead syndrome? This jerk last week made a 911 call from the airport payphone saying the flight he just missed has a bomb onboard. He did this three times! Why? Because he saw the plane taxiing or taking off as he was calling the first time, second time, and third time and he could tell in realtime that the plane DIDN'T turn around and come back to the gate as HE wanted! But it's not his fault! He fell off the antidepressant bandwagon you see. Save me from the tears. Here's a DOCTOR, educated, should have money and the good life, and he does something this stupid. Doesn't give you a lot of confidence in his diagnosis skills does it?

Seattle PI - Physician charged with airline bomb threat at Sea-Tac
Tennessean called 911 after missing flight, FBI says

A 31-year-old physician from Tennessee who allegedly admitted to calling 911 three times to make a fake bomb warning at Sea-Tac Airport was charged by federal prosecutors Thursday with making a false threat against an aircraft.

Kou Wei Chiu of Bellevue, Tenn., a Nashville suburb, is accused of making the bomb threat because he missed his Northwest Airlines flight, forcing the plane to turn around in flight and return to Sea-Tac.

Chiu made an initial appearance Thursday afternoon in federal court in Seattle. A detention hearing was set for Friday.

According to an FBI affidavit filed in support of the complaint, Chiu admitted that he used an airport pay phone to call 911 three times after he arrived at gate S-7 too late to board his flight Wednesday. "Flight 980 Memphis. There may be a bomb on board," Chiu was quoted as telling the emergency operator.

"After his first phone call, he looked outside at the plane and saw that his call had had 'no effect,' " FBI agent Gary France wrote. "He made a second phone call and noticed that this call, too, had no effect. This led to the third call.

"Chiu stated that he made the calls thinking that the airline 'would ground the plane for a couple of hours,' because bomb threats are taken seriously.

"When asked how he thought other passengers might react when they overheard his calls, he conceded that he thought 'they would be traumatized.' "

Chiu also told investigators that he had been off his antidepressant medication in recent days, France wrote.

His lawyer said Thursday that Chiu is eager to return to his family.

The plane was in the air by the time Chiu was arrested, and it was brought back to the gate and grounded for several hours while authorities determined the threat to be a hoax. Northwest estimated that it lost $70,000 in fuel, gate fees and other expenses.

The plane finally departed again for Memphis and arrived late Wednesday night.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Just goes to show you that all that book learnin' doesn't make a man smart.