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5 British men arrested after flight from England to Las Vegas diverted to Winnipeg

Five British men on a flight from Manchester, U.K., to Las Vegas were arrested in Winnipeg Saturday after their flight was diverted to the James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.

RCMP say five men escorted off the plane in handcuffs without incident

Five British men were arrested in Winnipeg Saturday after their flight from the UK to Las Vegas was diverted to the James Armstrong Richardson International Airport. (Austin Grabish/CBC)

Five British men on a flight from Manchester, U.K., to Las Vegas were arrested in Winnipeg Saturday after their flight was diverted to the James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.

A Winnipeg Airport Authority spokesperson said the Thomas Cook flight landed in Winnipeg just after 11 a.m. because a passenger on the plane required emergency medical attention.

After the patient was taken off the plane, RCMP met the plane at the gate and arrested five British men on charges of mischief and causing a disturbance.

However a spokesperson for Thomas Cook said the flight was diverted solely due to disruptive passengers on board and said there was no medical incident.

The arrests were made with help from the Canadian Border Services Agency.

RCMP say all five men were escorted off the plane in handcuffs without incident.

The plane was refueled and de-iced and was back in the air within an hour-and-a-half.

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