Alberta man arrested after Air Canada flight diverted; passenger claims he bit flight attendant
A 47-year-old man from Fort McMurray, Alta. has been charged after a flight attendant was allegedly assaulted on an Air Canada flight en route to New Delhi. The plane was later diverted back to Toronto early Wednesday morning.
Peel Regional Police says the male passenger exhibited “assaultive and belligerent” behaviour towards the flight attendant and was taken into custody after the incident.
A passenger who did not want to be named told Global News the accused took a bite from the flight attendant’s finger after the airline employee pointed at him aggressively.
It is alleged the suspect was agitated over the cancellation of his previous flight and that he had to sleep at the airport.
Authorities said the incident occurred around midnight eastern time while the plane was over the Atlantic Ocean.
Police said the flight attendant was injured and treated at the scene.
Greater Toronto Airport Authority spokesperson Siobahn Desroches said Air Canada flight AC070 left Pearson at 8:57 p.m. ET. and landed back at 2:20 a.m. ET.
The flight was initially scheduled to take off earlier Tuesday but poor winter weather forced Air Canada to postpone the flight shortly after the plane made it to the runway.
The accused has been identified as Jaskaran Sidhu. He faces two counts of mischief, assault causing bodily harm and endangering safety of an aircraft.
He is scheduled to appear in court for a bail hearing in Brampton Wednesday.
Air Canada officials say a new flight is now scheduled to leave Pearson International Airport at noon.