US fighter jets escort plane back to Toronto

2014-07-25 22:06
An F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from Shaw Air Force Base landing after performing a training mission of basic fighter maneuvers in Azraq, Jordan. (Wolfram Stumpf, AFP)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from Shaw Air Force Base landing after performing a training mission of basic fighter maneuvers in Azraq, Jordan. (Wolfram Stumpf, AFP)

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Toronto - Two US F16 fighter jets escorted a plane bound for Panama City back to Toronto's Pearson Airport about 45 minutes after departure after a passenger threatened the aircraft.

Sunwing Airlines spokesperson Janine Chapman said on Friday that Flight 772 departed at 07:00 (11:00 GMT) and turned around over West Virginia when an "agitated passenger directly threatened the aircraft." Chapman did not elaborate on the threat.

Norad Captain Jennifer Stadnyk says the two fighter jets from Ohio flew with plane out of US airspace to Toronto as a "precaution."

Toronto Police Constable Lilly Fitzpatrick said a 25-year-old Canadian man has been arrested.

Chapman says the flight, carrying 183 passengers and six crew, landed safely and no one was injured.

Chapman says the flight will depart again for Panama this afternoon.

- AP
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