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UPDATE: ‘Unruly passenger’ diverts London-Toronto Air Canada flight

An Air Canada flight from London's Heathrow airport to Toronto Pearson is diverting to Halifax.
An Air Canada flight from London's Heathrow airport to Toronto Pearson is diverting to Halifax. Screenshot/FlightRadar.com

TORONTO – Police have charged a 30-year-old South African woman who forced a Toronto-bound flight to be diverted to Halifax Stanfield International Airport Wednesday.

Air Canada flight 869 landed in Halifax just before 11:30 a.m. ET, due to an “unruly passenger.”

The plane, with 239 passengers on board, was met by RCMP officers, who removed the woman.

Nomantangwa Angel Babhekile Johansson from Sandhurst, Sandston, South Africa has been charged with three counts of Assault on an Aircraft, one count of Assault with a Weapon, one count of Causing a Disturbance under the Criminal Code and one count of Endangering an Aircraft under the Aeronautics Act. She she was scheduled to appear in Dartmouth Provincial Court on Wednesday.

The flight continued on its journey to Toronto about 40 minutes after the incident.

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