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India-bound flight diverted back to Toronto due to unruly passenger

TORONTO — A 47-year-old Alberta man has been charged after an incident on board an Air Canada flight en route to India was diverted back to Toronto early Wednesday morning.

Peel Regional police say a man allegedly assaulted a flight attendant, who needed medical attention for her injuries, around 12:42 a.m. when the flight was over the Atlantic Ocean, just off the east coast.

They say the man was belligerent at the time, but they arrested him without incident when the plane landed at Toronto Pearson International Airport.

The flight was initially scheduled to take off earlier Tuesday but poor weather prompted Air Canada to postpone the flight shortly after the plane made it to the runway.

The flight is now scheduled to leave Pearson International Airport at noon today.

Jaskaran Sidhu has been charged with assault causing bodily harm, endangering the safety of an aircraft and two counts of mischief.

He is scheduled to appear in a Brampton, Ont., court Wednesday.

The Canadian Press

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