Passengers Diverted Again After Seeing SWAT Team Rush First Plane

PHOTO: A Canadian flight was delayed after a passenger allegedly made bomb threats.
Share
Copy

After already being delayed once due to an alleged bomb threat, emergency landing and a SWAT team response, passengers en route to Panama City on a Canadian passenger jet were delayed again after a passenger fainted.

Sunwing Flight 772 was forced to land in Jamaica after a passenger fainted and sustained a minor head injury. The flight was on the ground for an hour and the passenger was taken to a local hospital, according to CTV News.

The pit stop was just the most recent delay for the passengers aboard the Sunwing Flight. On Friday morning, the plane’s initial flight to Panama City was thwarted after a passenger allegedly threatened the aircraft.

The aircraft was forced turn around in the skies above West Virginia and return to Toronto Pearson International Airport after a traveler became "agitated," according to a Sunwing spokeswoman.

Two American F-16 fighter jets escorted the flight into Canadian airspace as it landed. Video shot by passengers revealed the Canadian SWAT team charged aboard the plane.

"Heads down! hands up!" the military team screamed as they entered the plane to apprehend the suspect.

WATCH: SWAT Team Swarms Canadian Plane

Flight Diverted After Threatening Note Found

False Bomb Threat Called into Los Angeles Airport

Toronto police identified the suspect as 25-year-old Ali Shahi, of Canada, and said he faces charges of uttering threats and endangering the safety of an aircraft.

"He basically just tore a strip off her [the flight attendant], explaining how expensive the cigarettes are here in Canada, he hates Canada," passenger Bettina Bathe told CTV News. "Then he said, with great expression using his hands, 'I just want to bomb Canada.'"

Capt. Jennifer Stadnyk of the Northern American Aerospace Defense Command said the two F-16s escorted the plane as a "precaution."

After being delayed in Jamaica for an hour the passengers were back in the air on their way to Panama City, according to CTV.

The Associated Press and CTV News contributed to this story.

Join the Discussion
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
You Might Also Like...
See It, Share It
PHOTO: Gisele Bundchen walks the runway during Sao Paulo Fashion Week Winter 2015 on Nov. 4, 2014 in Sao Paulo.
Studio Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images
PHOTO: Seattle Seahawks fans cheer before Super Bowl XLIX against the New England Patriots on Feb. 1, 2015 in Glendale, Ariz.
Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images
PHOTO: Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady attend the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City.
Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images
PHOTO: From left, Tom Brady in Foxborough, Mass., Jan. 18, 2015 and Russell Wilson in Seattle, Wash., Jan. 18, 2015.
Matt Slocum/AP Photo | Ted S. Warren/AP Photo