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F16 Jets Escort Plane After Passenger 'Threat'
A plane bound for Panama City was escorted by two US fighter jets back to Toronto, Canada, after a passenger allegedly threatened to blow up the jet.
The aircraft, carrying 189 people, turned around over West Virginia about 45 minutes into the flight as the F16s were dispatched.
Once Sunwing Airlines flight 772, with 183 passengers and six crew on board, landed at Toronto Pearson International Airport, armed police went on to the airliner and removed the suspect.
Officers have charged Canadian man Ali Shahi, 25, with uttering threats and endangering the safety of an aircraft.
Witness Sharon Ramsay said it was a frightening scene on board the plane.
She said: "The pilot came on and said there was a threat and they had to take it seriously and turn around and we're heading back to Toronto, so that's what happened.
"We came back and waited on the tarmac for about an hour and then the task force came in, they stormed in. It was extremely scary.
"They came in the front and back of the plane and they yelled hands up, heads down, hands up, heads down and it was just awful."
Fellow passenger Manjo Chopra said he thought the altercation began over a purchase.
"I think it was about buying something, he didn't have the right card and that's what triggered it," Mr Chopra said.
North American Aerospace Defence Command (Norad) said the two fighter jets from Ohio flew with the plane out of US airspace as a "precaution".
Sunwing Airlines said an "agitated passenger directly threatened the aircraft" but did not elaborate on the threat.