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Flight Diverted to Winnipeg After Passenger Assaulted: RCMP

January 3, 2024 3:45 PM | News

RCMP Crest Logo - Winnipeg Airport Incident

The RCMP logo is seen outside Royal Canadian Mounted Police “E” Division Headquarters, in Surrey, B.C., on April 13, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

WINNIPEG — An Air Canada flight was diverted to Winnipeg on Wednesday after a passenger was assaulted.

RCMP say the flight was en route from Toronto to Calgary when a 16-year-old Grande Prairie boy assaulted a man on board. It was later learned the victim was a family member.

Airline employees and passengers were able to restrain the youth following the assault.

Airport RCMP boarded Air Canada flight #137 after it landed and arrested the teen. He was transported to hospital for medical evaluation. The other passenger was treated on scene for minor physical injuries.

Data from FlightAware showed the plane took off to continue its trip to Calgary at around 2:47 p.m.

No other injuries were reported.