A Kentucky man has been convicted of mischief and causing a disturbance following an air rage incident that forced a plane to land in central Newfoundland earlier this week.

William Peterson, 63, was taken off an American Airlines flight after it diverted to Gander on Monday.

Thursday in court Peterson said he assaulted several members of the flight crew after drinking beer and taking prescription drugs.

He apologized saying his actions were out of character.

Peterson was fined $10,000 and ordered to pay almost $19,000 in restitution.