Oregon woman accused of threatening to kill everyone on plane

Valerie Curbelo was arrested when the flight landed in Sacramento.

Posted: Dec. 11, 2017 7:22 PM
Updated: Dec. 11, 2017 7:31 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Officials say a woman has been arrested after trying to smoke on a Southwest flight from Portland to Sacramento, then shouting she was going to kill everyone on the plane.

In video obtained by CBS13 in Sacramento, the woman is wearing a white hat and sunglasses as she spews profanities and threats at the crew and pushes a flight attendant.

Southwest said in a statement Monday that the plane received priority treatment from air traffic control to land quickly in Sacramento, and law enforcement met the plane on the tarmac to arrest her.

In a jailhouse interview with CBS13, the woman, 24-year-old Valerie Curbelo of Sandy, Oregon, said she tried to smoke because of anxiety.

She said she didn't know why she made the death threats, adding that the person doing that "was not me."

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