Man restrained by crew, taken off plane by police
Jan 30, 2008 04:30 AM
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The co-pilot's eyes were closed and his hands and feet were bound as he was escorted off Air Canada Flight 848 at Shannon International Airport by two Irish police officers.
"It's okay. You can text me. You can email me," the disoriented man mumbled to no one in particular as he was taken off the plane, passenger Chris Robson recalled in an interview with the Star last night.
The co-pilot's head was tilted toward the ceiling and his shirttail hung out from under a khaki sweater.
Air Canada confirmed the co-pilot of a flight from Pearson airport to London was admitted to an Irish hospital after becoming ill in the cockpit on Monday.
"The co-pilot fell ill during the flight and the captain elected to divert to Shannon," Air Canada spokesperson Peter Fitzpatrick said yesterday. "The aircraft landed without incident. At no time were the safety of the passengers or crew in question."
But Fitzpatrick would not confirm a report by the Irish Independent newspaper that the co-pilot suffered a nervous breakdown and is undergoing psychiatric care after being forcibly removed from the flight.