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Cuba-bound Sunwing plane escorted back to Toronto by two fighter jets after passenger 'disturbance'

Katrina Clarke

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Lilla Ratmanski, left, and Milana Muzikante were charged with endangering the safety of an airplane after causing a Sunwing flight to turn back to Toronto en route to Cuba August 27, 2014. (Social Media Photos)

Police arrested two female passengers who allegedly drank alcohol, smoked cigarettes and got into a physical confrontation on a plane Wednesday evening, forcing the flight to divert back to Toronto.

Peel Regional Police arrested two women at Pearson International Airport when the flight landed around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, said police. The women are in their mid-twenties and from the GTA, said police.

The Sunwing plane was en route to Cuba from Toronto when the two unruly passengers disrupted the flight, Sunwing spokes woman Janine Chapman said in a statement.

"It is reported that the passengers consumed a significant part of their duty free alcohol purchase in the and lit a cigarette, triggering the smoke detector alarm" Ms. Chapman said. "These passengers proceeded to get into a physical altercation with each other and made a threat against the aircraft, which was considered non-credible given their condition."

The flight took off from Toronto around 4:30 p.m. she said.

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Three further charges for two women taken from Sunwing flight. Mischief Over, Mischief Endangering Life and Utter Threats.

7:45 AM - 28 Aug 2014

Lilia Ratmanski, 25, of Whitby, Ontario and Milana Muzikante, 26, of Vaughan, Ontario have each been charged with smoking on board an aircraft and endangering the safety of an aircraft.

Endangering an aircraft carries a maximum sentence of life in prison under the Criminal Code. Police later added three more charges including mischief and uttering death threats.

The incident also prompted the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to send two Canadian military fighter jets to escort the aircraft back to Toronto.

NORAD received an alert at around 6:40 p.m., when the plane was over South Carolina, about a pilot requesting assistance, said a NORAD representative.

“The pilot decided to turn the aircraft around. According to the information, he made that decision … due to the disturbance on board and we were asked to go and escort the aircraft,” said Major Julie Roberge, a spokesperson with NORAD.

NORAD, the bi-national organization that provides airspace control for the United States and Canada, dispatched two Canadian Armed Forces CF-18 fighter jets from Bagotville, Quebec to escort the plane back to Toronto.

The jets were dispatched as a “precautionary measure,” according to a NORAD press release.

NORAD jets were dispatched to escort a Sunwing jet back to Toronto on Wednesday as a "precautionary move." (Handout/Sunwing Airlines)

Police were still going through witness statements from passengers Wednesday evening, but the two women “obviously” caused a security concern, said Peel police Constable George Tudos.

“They uttered comments that were concerning to passengers and to the pilot,” he said.

Major Roberge said it is “regular business” for NORAD to escort airplanes in Canadian or American airspace that experience passenger disturbances.

Sunwing say it’s “very apologetic for the inconvenience experienced by our customers and thankful to our flight crew for their efforts to safely manage the situation,” said Ms. Chapman.

The entire plane erupted in cheers when they were taken off

Peel police Constable Thomas Ruttan said police arrested the women on the plane without incident when it landed.

“The entire plane erupted in cheers when they were taken off,” said Peel police Constable Thomas Ruttan. “As you can well imagine. These people are going on their vacation.”

This is the second time in two months when a passenger disturbance forced a Sunwing plane to turn back to Toronto.

In July, Peel police arrested 25-year-old Ali Shahi of Mississauga after his Panama-bound plane was forced to redirect back to Toronto. Mr. Shahi allegedly made a direct threat against the aircraft.

Ms. Ratmanski and Ms. Muzikante are scheduled to appear at a Brampton, Ontario courthouse Thursday for a bail hearing.


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