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Fighter jets and cops deal swiftly with crazed man

July 28, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59An apparently crazed Canadian citizen ranting about bombing Canada while airborne on a flight bound for Panama found the plane escorted by US F-16 fighter jets back to Toronto.

There, a heavily armed police SWAT squad stormed the cabin yelling “heads down, hands up!” according to passenger video shown on CTV News in the US.

It didn’t take long for police to nab the passenger, identified as Ali Shahi, a 25-year-old Canadian. He was arrested and charged with uttering threats, endangering the safety of an aircraft and other charges._Heads down and hands up!_

The flight, bound for Panama City from Toronto and operated by charter carrier Sunwing Airlines, was over West Virginia when it turned around after the passenger made a threat against the plane, the New York Daily News reported.

Two US Air Force F-16 fighter jets, doing training exercises in the area, shadowed the plane back to Toronto, where police met it on the runway.

A passenger said afterwards that Shahi was swearing and “being belligerent”, saying he hated Canada and didn’t care what happened to the plane and its passengers.

The incident happened not long after another outburst of in-flight craziness, when a man named Tomasz Mucha, drunk on vodka and beer, tried to force open the back door of Ryanair flight from Krakow to Dublin, apparently under the impression it was the toilet. He was arrested, charged and fined.

Written by Peter Needham

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