Magistrate holds twins for trial

Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2001

ANCHORAGE - Identical twin sisters charged with interfering with a flight crew for allegedly punching several flight attendants and putting one in a choke hold were held Wednesday for trial.

"The evidence indicates that both defendants were involved in the fracas ... that the assaults did occur to flight members," U.S. Magistrate John Roberts said.

Cynthia and Crystal Mikula, 22, of Buckley, Mich., were arrested Friday after United flight 857 from San Francisco to Shanghai was diverted to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, 1,100 miles out of its way. Authorities say the sisters had several drinks on board the plane.

Cynthia Mikula allegedly struck several people on the plane, bloodying the nose of a female flight attendant. Crystal Mikula is accused of jumping on the back of a male flight attendant, scratching his neck and putting him in a choke hold.

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