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Man faces assault charge after transatlantic flight diverted to Labrador

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Newfoundland and Labrador RCMP say a 31-year-old man from England faces charges of assaulting and threatening a flight attendant on a flight that was forced to divert to Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

Police say Edward John A. Myhill of London was removed from an American Airlines flight after it landed in Labrador and he was held in custody on Tuesday.

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The flight was en route from London’s Heathrow Airport to Chicago when it was diverted and a complaint was made to the RCMP.

No other details were released by police, who say Myhill also faces a charge of mischief under the Criminal Code.

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He also faces charges for violating two subsections of the Aeronautics Act – endangering the safety of a flight or people on board, and lessening the flight crew’s ability to perform their duties.

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Myhill was scheduled to appear Wednesday in provincial court in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L., to answer to the charges.

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