Image: Itay Atmor, flight diverted
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Itay Atmor, 22, of Israel, right, and his father David Atmor, hug outside East Boston District court as he arrives for his arraignment on charges of interfering with a flight crew, Monday, April 27, in Boston.
updated 4/27/2009 6:53:10 PM ET 2009-04-27T22:53:10

An Israeli man accused of rushing the cockpit of an airliner, forcing it to land in Boston, has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation at a hospital.

Itay Atmor was arraigned Monday in East Boston District Court and pleaded not guilty to a charge of interfering with a flight crew.

Massachusetts State Police say the 22-year-old Medford, Mass., resident tried to get through the cockpit door on a Delta flight from New York to Tel Aviv, Israel, late Friday. Passengers say they subdued Atmor, who was arrested when the plane landed.

Atmor told police he was having a panic attack. Defense lawyer David Meier says Atmor was flying to Israel for psychiatric help.

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc. says the flight had 206 passengers and 11 crew members aboard.

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