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Air Canada flight diverted to Halifax due to unruly passenger

An Air Canada airplane.

Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press

RCMP in Nova Scotia say a plane bound for England was forced to land in Halifax today because of an unruly passenger.

Cpl. Scott MacRae says officers received a call around 4:20 a.m. about an incident on board Air Canada Flight 854, which was travelling from Vancouver to London's Heathrow Airport.

MacRae says witnesses told police that a 51-year-old man on the flight left his seat and was throwing water on passengers and crew members.

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He says the man is also accused of uttering threats to the flight staff and refusing to return to his seat.

The man was sent to a Halifax hospital for a mental health assessment.

The flight later continued its journey and police are still investigating.

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