A 47-year-old Alberta man is facing several charges after allegedly assaulting a flight attendant and forcing the India-bound aircraft to turn back mid-flight and return to Toronto Wednesday morning.
Jaskaran Sidhu, a resident of Fort McMurray in northern Alberta, has been charged with two counts of mischief, assault causing bodily harm, and endangering safety of aircraft, said Peel Regional Police spokesperson Cst. Lori Murphy.
Peter Fitzpatrick, a spokesperson for Air Canada, said Flight AC2170, a Boeing 787-8 with 232 passengers flying from Toronto to New Delhi Tuesday evening, diverted back to Toronto about 2.5 hours after take-off due to an incident involving a disruptive passenger in which a flight attendant sustained injuries requiring medical treatment.
Police met the aircraft after it landed at Toronto Pearson International Airport, at about 2:20 am Wednesday morning and arrested Sidhu without incident.
The flight was initially scheduled to take off earlier Tuesday but poor weather prompted Air Canada to postpone the flight shortly after the plane made it to the runway.
Sidhu is being held pending a bail hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice, in Brampton, said Murphy.
The Air Canada flight departed Toronto Pearson International Airport at noon, Wednesday.