Nfld. & Labrador

Disruptive passenger forces American Airlines flight to land in Goose Bay

Disruptive passenger removed from diverted American Airlines flight, and police say the 31-year-old man is being held in custody Tuesday night.

RCMP says 31-year-old man from London held in custody Tuesday night

This American Airlines Boeing 787-9 was diverted to Goose Bay airport Tuesday afternoon to remove an unruly passenger. (Submitted by Marc Saucier)

Happy Valley-Goose Bay RCMP say a 31-year-old man from London was removed from a diverted plane and being held in custody Tuesday night.

A spokesperson for American Airlines said Flight AA87 had to stop at the Goose Bay airport due to a disruptive passenger, and local police met the plane on the tarmac. 

According to a tweet by aviation journalist Tom Podolec, the pilot told air traffic control a passenger onboard was restrained. 

The company said local law enforcement met the aircraft upon landing, and removed the passenger. 

A spokesperson for Goose Bay Airport told CBC News the plane landed at 3:25 p.m. AT, was met by the RCMP, was secured, and was refuelling roughly 30 minutes after landing to continue its flight path. 

The man from the United Kingdom is scheduled to appear in court in Happy Valley-Goose Bay on Wednesday. 

There were 266 passengers and 13 crew members aboard the aircraft. 

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft has 285 seats, and was travelling roughly nine hours from London Heathrow to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport when it was diverted. 

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