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US fighter jets escort plane back to Toronto

July 25, 2014

TORONTO (AP) — Two U.S. F16 fighter jets have escorted a plane bound for Panama City back to Toronto’s Pearson Airport. The airline says the plane turned around after a passenger threatened the aircraft.

A Sunwing Airlines spokeswoman says the plane left Toronto at 7 a.m. and turned around over West Virginia when an “agitated passenger directly threatened the aircraft.” She didn’t elaborate on the threat.

NORAD says the two fighter jets from Ohio flew with the plane out of U.S. airspace to Toronto as a “precaution.”

The flight, carrying 183 passengers and six crew, landed safely and no one was injured.

Police say a 25-year-old Canadian man has been arrested.

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