Terrorism hoax charges laid against 25-year-old Air Transat passenger
Pilots turn around flight to Istanbul shortly after takeoff
A 25-year-old man has been charged with a series of offences including carrying out a terrorism hoax, after allegedly uttering threats on a flight leaving Montreal.
Dogan Akkaya was arrested at Montreal's Pierre Elliot Trudeau Airport on Sunday night, after pilots decided to turn the plane around shortly after takeoff.
The Air Transat flight was on its way from Toronto to Istanbul and had stopped to pick up passengers in Montreal.
After Akkaya was removed, the rest of the 316 people on board were able to continue their flight a few hours later.
No one was injured.
Akkaya faces four charges, the most serious being criminal harassment, which Jean-Pascal Boucher, a spokesman for the crown prosecutor says could carry a sentence of up to 10 years.
During the arraignment at a Montreal courthouse Monday afternoon, the crown objected to Akkaya's release, so the judge scheduled a bail hearing for tomorrow.
Akkaya, who is currently represented by legal aid, did not enter a plea to the four charges against him. He will remain in custody overnight.