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Flight attendant accused of starting fire on American Airlines plane

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 file photo, U.S. Airways and American Airlines planes are shown at gates at DFW International Airport in Grapevine, Texas. The new American Airlines will have more top executives from smaller US Airways than from the current American. The companies named eight senior executives on Monday, June 10, 2013, including five from US Airways and three from American parent AMR Corp. AMR and US Airways Group Inc. hope to complete their proposed merger this summer. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 file photo, U.S. Airways and American Airlines planes are shown at gates at DFW International Airport in Grapevine, Texas. The new American Airlines will have more top executives from smaller US Airways than from the current American. The companies named eight senior executives on Monday, June 10, 2013, including five from US Airways and three from American parent AMR Corp. AMR and US Airways Group Inc. hope to complete their proposed merger this summer. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)  (AP)

An American Airlines flight attendant is facing charges that allege he started a fire in an airplane bathroom as the flight from Dallas approached Detroit.

The FBI says no one was injured during the Feb. 1 incident aboard flight 1418. The plane safely landed at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

In a criminal complaint filed Tuesday, the FBI says Johnathan Tafoya-Montano admitted setting paper towels on fire with a lighter. The FBI says he immediately put out the fire, exited the bathroom and returned with a fire extinguisher to take care of any smoldering towels.

The FBI says Tafoya-Montano admitted his role this week, a month after his initial interview.

He's charged with setting a fire and making false statements. A message seeking comment from his lawyer wasn't immediately returned Wednesday.