The 23-year-old Compass Airlines employee has since been sentenced to six years in jail, as well as ordered to pay $100,000 in fines
– essentially to pay for the damage caused to the aircraft, together with the cost of emergency accommodation for passengers following the incident.
Thankfully everyone aboard the aircraft – 72 passengers and four crew members – departed injury-free, once the pilot had made an emergency landing in Fargo, North Dakota.
Several sources have reported that Rojas started the fire, which occurred back in May 2008, because he didn’t feeling like working the route from Minneapolis to Regina.
He started the blaze in the bathroom, having taken a lighter aboard and asked for extra paper towels before the journey commenced.
Rojas’ defense attorney Richard Henderson, said
that his client's actions were a result of narcissistic personality disorder.
"I don't think he understands what fully motivated him to do this," Henderson said.
A tearful Rojas said
: "It was selfish of me. I was just thinking of me, myself and I hope the passengers can forgive me for what I did."