Fighter jets escort flight with two unruly passengers
Three further charges were filed today against two women whose in-flight antics and threats forced Sunwing Airlines Flight 656 to Cuba to be escorted back to Toronto Pearson International Airport by two Canadian fighter jets Wednesday night.
"It is reported that the passengers consumed a significant quantity of their duty-free alcohol purchase in the lavatory and lit a cigarette, triggering the smoke detector alarm," Sunwing's Janice Chapman told CP24 and other news outlets in a statement issued last night.
"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. Our flight crew followed the appropriate procedures and the aircraft was diverted back to Toronto," she said.
Both women, described as being in their 20s, were arrested when the plane arrived in Toronto, shortly before 8:30 p.m., according to a local police spokesperson.
The two women, Lilia Ratmansky, 25, and Milana Muzikante, 26, are charged with smoking on an aircraft, endangering the safety of an aircraft, mischief over $5,000, mischief endangering life and uttering threats, CP24 reported this morning.