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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Passenger kicked off U.K. flight in Iqaluit to pay $16,000

A passenger whose violent behaviour forced a flight from Vancouver to London to be diverted to Iqaluit has been fined $2,000 and ordered to pay the airline almost $14,000 in restitution.

Darren Edward Cosby, 39, pleaded guilty to one count under the Aeronautics Act of endangering the safety or security of an aircraft in flight and the Crown stayed three criminal charges at the Nunavut Court of Justice Thursday.

Passengers on the Air Transat flight had to help flight attendants restrain Cosby while the pilot landed the plane in Iqaluit around 3 a.m. March 27. Cosby was held in custody at the Baffin Correctional Centre in Iqaluit for nine days.

There were 331 passengers on board the flight from Vancouver to London’s Gatwick airport.

“Mr. Cosby was quite intoxicated on the flight,” said Crown prosecutor Amy Porteous.  Full Article