Saskatchewan

Flight attendant rearrested in plane fire case

The flight attendant accused of setting fire to paper towels in the bathroom of a flight to Regina in 2008, forcing an emergency landing, is back in custody.

The flight attendant accused of setting fire to paper towels in the bathroom of a flight to Regina in 2008, forcing an emergency landing, is back in custody.

Seventy-two people were on board the late evening Compass Airlines flight from Minneapolis to Regina on May 7, 2008.

The fire was discovered in a rear washroom, and while flight attendants were able to extinguish the flames, the pilots had to make a rapid descent and an emergency landing in Fargo, N.D.

Passengers said they were frightened, but no one was injured.

Eder Rojas, a flight attendant, was initially cheered for his efforts in handling the fire. Investigators later claimed he started it because he was upset about his schedule.

He was charged. However on the eve of his trial he dropped out of sight.

Rojas, who was 19 at the time of the incident, had been staying at a halfway house in Fargo but left without permission.

Officials now say they found him in Mexico and he has been extradited back to the United States to face charges laid by federal authorities in North Dakota.

Compass Airlines is a regional carrier that at the time of the incident was owned by Northwest Airlines. Northwest was absorbed by Delta Airlines in January 2010.

With files from the Canadian Press