Lo­cal man charged af­ter al­leged al­ter­ca­tion on Air Canada flight

Bu­dapest-bound plane re­turns to Toronto af­ter flight at­ten­dant hurt

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL -

The daugh­ter of a Hamil­ton man ac­cused of en­dan­ger­ing an air­craft while in flight and ag­gra­vated as­sault says she can’t make sense of it all.

“I don’t know what hap­pened (on the flight). I don’t un­der­stand,” said Re­nata Svab, 32, of Hamil­ton, au­di­bly up­set at the sit­u­a­tion.

Her fa­ther John Svab, 57, was charged af­ter an Air Canada flight en route to Bu­dapest was flown back to Toronto’s Pear­son In­ter­na­tional Air­port early Thurs­day.

An un­ruly pas­sen­ger was al­legedly in­volved in an al­ter­ca­tion that left a flight at­ten­dant injured.

“He (John Svab) has never had trou­ble be­fore,” said Re­nata. “He was ex­cited to see his mom (in Hun­gary). He has no anger is­sues.”

Peel re­gional po­lice said they re­ceived a call at 12:32 a.m. for an in­ci­dent in­volv­ing a 57-year-old man on board the flight to Bu­dapest.

Const. Ban­croft Wright said a pas­sen­ger be­came dis­rup­tive, but was be­ing con­trolled by air­line staff.

“There was an al­ter­ca­tion when he was be­ing con­trolled,” Wright said.

“Dur­ing that al­ter­ca­tion, one of the stew­ardesses was injured.”

Wright de­scribed the flight at­ten­dant’s in­jury as mi­nor but it required treat­ment from paramedics at the air­port.

Air Canada said the plane was just past Montreal when it had to turn back.

The air­craft was car­ry­ing 267 pas­sen­gers and eight crew mem­bers, said Air Canada spokesper­son Peter Fitz­patrick.

John Svab, 57, of Hamil­ton, has been charged with ut­ter­ing death threats, ag­gra­vated as­saulted and en­dan­ger­ing an air­craft while in flight.

He was ex­pected to ap­pear in court on Thurs­day.

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