Federal grand jury returns indictment against Michigan twins

Posted: Friday, May 18, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Identical twin sisters accused of disrupting an international United Airlines flight April 19 have been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Crystal and Cynthia Mikula, 22, of Buckley, Mich., were indicted on a charge of interfering with the crew of a flight between San Francisco and Shanghai.

According to investigators, the twins started a loud argument and assaulted crew members when they tried to intercede.

The flight was diverted to Anchorage, where the crew and 231 passengers were delayed for almost 24 hours.

The women remain in custody. A federal magistrate has approved their parents as third-party custodians but will not allow them to fly home with just one parent because he is not confident that one parent could adequately monitor both defendants.

Arraignment for the women has not been set.

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