Thunder Bay

Bomb scare suspect won’t be charged: police

Thunder Bay Police wrapped up its criminal investigation after a West Jet plane made an emergency landing at the airport on the weekend.

Portuguese citizen detained and taken to hospital

The Thunder Bay airport was was site of an emergency landing for West Jet Flight 644. The plane was travelling from Vancouver to Toronto late Saturday afternoon when a 27-year-old man became agitated and allegedly had to be restrained by the flight crew. (Jody Porter/CBC)

Thunder Bay Police wrapped up its criminal investigation after a West Jet plane made an emergency landing at the city's airport on the weekend.

Flight 644 was travelling from Vancouver to Toronto late Saturday afternoon when a 27-year-old man became agitated and allegedly had to be restrained by the flight crew.

Police took him to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

"The 27-year-old is still in hospital undergoing an assessment," said police spokesperson Chris Adams.

"The feeling is, though, that since there is a definite history of mental illness, and some other mitigating factors, that a charge was not appropriate in this case."

Adams said the man is from Portugal and will likely be sent there after he is medically cleared.  

The RCMP is expected to follow up on a possible immigration issue, he added.

During the disturbance on the plane, the man allegedly uttered statements about a possible bomb on the plane. No bomb was found and the Boeing 737 aircraft was cleared to resume its trip to Toronto.

While some passengers opted for an earlier flight Sunday to Toronto, others took the same plane, which left around 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.

On Saturday, all 118 passengers were escorted off the plane in Thunder Bay so it could be combed by an Ontario Provincial Police explosives squad. Their luggage was also checked according to a statement from Thunder Bay police.

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