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Marine charged with making bomb threats on Tucson flight

Man said he had bomb in carry-on luggage

A 24-year-old Marine from North Carolina was arrested and charged with making bomb threats aboard an airliner as it was taxiing for departure from Tucson International Airport for Phoenix on Monday morning, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Wednesday.

Ivan Bugakov was aboard US Airways Flight 2775 bound for Sky Harbor International Airport with other members of his Marine Corps unit who were traveling to Jacksonville, N.C., on Memorial Day. Before the plane took off, Bugakov became belligerent and refused to follow orders from the flight crew, said Bill Solomon, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Bugakov repeatedly told the crew there was a bomb aboard the plane. The crew was forced to return to the gate where he was removed. While leaving the aircraft,  told the flight crew that he had a bomb in his carry-on luggage, Solomon said.

The passengers were forced to leave the plane and were rescreened as bomb-detection dogs were brought onto the plane to examine the luggage. There was no evidence of an explosive device aboard, Solomon said.

Bugakov was charged with knowingly giving false information about an explosive device aboard the plane. He was released on $1,200 bond on Tuesday with the stipulation that he must follow Marine Corps rules and regulations and can only travel within Arizona and North Carolina, according to court documents.

A conviction for false information and threats involving aircraft carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both, Solomon said.

Marine Corps spokesmen were unavailable for comment Wednesday evening.

Jacksonville, N.C., is the home to Marine Corps installation Camp Lejeune.

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