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Plane diverted after man tries to open door in flight

Jan. 2, 2009, Toronto - More than 200 airline passengers forced to make an unscheduled layover in the Dominican Republic because of an out-of-control seat-mate.


January 2, 2009
By The Canadian Press

Jan. 2, 2009, Toronto – More than 200 airline passengers forced to make an unscheduled layover in the Dominican Republic because of an out-of-control seat-mate.

Skyservice Flight 828 was diverted to Punta Cana on Tuesday when a disruptive passenger tried to tamper with an aircraft cabin door.

Crew and others on board subdued the man, who had to be restrained.

Thirty-three-year-old Adrian Worrell, a Canadian, was taken into custody in the Dominican Republic.

Worrell boarded in Barbados to return home to the Toronto area.

The flight originated in Grenada, made a stop in Barbados and was due to arrive in Toronto Tuesday night with 202 passengers.

“We are very proud of how all Skyservice crew members reacted to restrain the passenger, maintain the security of the aircraft and minimize disruption to other passengers,'' said Sabah Mirza, a spokesman for the charter airline.

“We also appreciate the assistance of the passengers on board.''