Brothers Arrested For Beating Up Pilot On MIA Flight

Brothers Jonathan and Luis Baez have been arrested after seriously beating up a pilot on a plane at Miami International Airport last night. The skirmish started after the flight crew ordered one brother off the flight because he appeared to be drunk or on drugs and ended in the terminal after the brothers had to be pulled off the pilot.

Both brothers were on an AmericanAirlines flight headed for San Francisco. As the flight was leaving its gate and preparing for takeoff, an attendant noticed that Jonathan Baez, 27, had fallen asleep without a seat belt on. She tried to wake him, but it appeared that he was under the influence of either drugs or alcohol. Unwilling to fly with Baez on board, the pilot returned to the gate. The pilot and attendant finally got Baez to wake, and that's when things got ugly.

As Jonathan was being taking off the plane, his brother, Luis Baez, 29, decided to get off the plane as well. Though, while exiting they both became belligerent.

"When you fly to San Juan I will have you killed," Luis reportedly told the pilot.

After being escorted off Luis then punched the pilot in his left eye. Jonathan hit the female flight attendant in the shoulder after she tried to intervene.

The two then continued to attack the pilot in a fight that went all the way from the jet bridge to the terminal.

Eventually other passengers and crew members were able to hold the brothers back before police arrived. Both have been charged with aggravated battery, and Luis will also face an aggravated assault charge.

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