x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

London-bound American Airlines flight lands in Canada to boot off unruly passenger

Airline spokesman Kent Powell said that the man had refused to listen to the flight crew’s instructions and was handed over to authorities in Gander, Newfoundland.

GANDER, Newfoundland // An American Airlines official says a London-bound flight from Chicago had to land in eastern Canada so that an unruly passenger could be kicked off the plane.

Airline spokesman Kent Powell said that the man had refused to listen to the flight crew’s instructions and was handed over to authorities in Gander, Newfoundland, where the plane had to land. He said he did not have further details about what transpired.

Mr Powell said the plane was being refuelled and was expected take off again around midnight for Heathrow Airport.

Flight 86 left Chicago at around 6pm CDT and was originally slated to land in London at around 4am local time.

Authorities in Gander did not immediately respond to phone messages seeking information.

* Associated Press