A 35-year-old American man will appear in provincial court in Gander on Friday for a bail hearing.
The North Dakota man is facing a charge under the Aeronautics Act and two charges under the Criminal Code of Canada. The charges against the man resulted after he was removed from a plane that was diverted to Gander on Sunday.
The RCMP detachment in Gander received a complaint from Gander International Airport at 12:15 a.m. on Sunday, advising that an American Airlines Boeing 777 was making an emergency stop in Gander due to an unruly passenger. The plane was en route from Chicago to England, when the captain deemed the male to be a danger to the aircraft and its passengers, and diverted the flight to Gander. Gander RCMP members arrived on scene and arrested the man, after which the plane continued on its journey once police removed the male.
RCMP reported the passenger to be intoxicated and violent, and was disobeying the commands of the flight crew and captain.
He is charged with causing a disturbance, as well as mischief under the Criminal Code of Canada. He is also charged with intentionally interfering with the performance of the duties of the flight’s crew members under the Aeronautics Act.