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Unruly passenger forces Sunwing flight to make emergency landing

July 25, 2014, Toronto - Sunwing Flight 772 took off for Panama City on this morning, but was turned around after 45 minutes in the air for an emergency landing at Toronto's Pearson International Airport because of an "unruly passenger."

July 25, 2014  By CBC News

Sunwing officials say a passenger was making threats, some of which
concerned the security of the plane. Pilots activated their emergency
response plan and returned to Toronto.

Two U.S. F-16 fighter jets from Toledo, Ohio, were dispatched to escort the plane back to Toronto, North
American Aerospace Defence Command (Norad) confirmed. The F-16s flew
with the commercial plane out of U.S. airspace to Toronto as a



The RCMP took the lead on the investigation once the plane landed at Pearson at 8:55 a.m. ET.


When the plane landed, a passenger on the plane said five or six
officers with guns drawn boarded the plane and removed the unruly


The passenger was arrested by Peel police and is currently in custody.


The plane was most likely over West Virginia when it turned around.


There were 181 people, two infants, two pilots and four flight attendants on board.


Sunwing said the airline would get the passengers to Panama City later Friday.


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