Passenger removed from diverted plane will have bail hearing tomorrow

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Michael Lavarov of Israel, the man whose reportedly unruly behaviour caused an Austrian Airlines flight to be diverted to St. John's over the weekend, was back in court this afternoon following an initial appearance before Judge Mike Madden late this morning.
Lawyers agreed to hold a bail hearing Tuesday and Lavarov was taken back into custody.

Crown prosecutor Mark Stares had initially asked that the case be set over until Tuesday, but Lavarov told the court he has to be in the United States by Tuesday or  his green card will expire.

Lawyers therefore agreed to bring the case back to court this afternoon.

He faces four charges – uttering threats to a woman, uttering threats to passengers onboard the flight and causing a disturbance, along with a charge under the Aeronautics Act - intentionally interfering with the duties of crewmembers by engaging in behaviour that endangered safety and security of the aircraft.

Earlier:

The man whose reportedly unruly behaviour caused an Austrian airlines to be diverted to St. John's over the weekend has been identified as Michael Lavarov of Isreal.

Lavarov is due to appear in provincial court today, likely facing charges under the Aeronautics Act. 

The 32-year-old was removed from a flight Sunday that was en route to JFK Airport in New York.

Earlier:

A 32-year-old man removed from an Austrian airlines flight that was diverted to St. John's International Airport will appear in court Monday morning.

The flight had been enroute to JFK airport in New York.

The Telegram learned about the diverted plane via Twitter. Passengers on the diverted aircraft then began tweeting about what was happening.

Police confirmed for The Telegram Sunday night that the passenger was removed from the flight because he was unruly.

Kai Brinker, whose Twitter handle is @kbrinker, said it was due to an unruly passenger but the behaviour appeared to be related to a medical condition.

Police have not commented on whether or not a medical condition was a factor in the man's behaviour.

Earlier:

Austrian airline diverts to YYT for medical reason

An Austrian airlines flight was diverted to St. John’s today due to what appears to be a medical situation.

The Telegram learned about the diverted plane via Twitter. Passengers on the diverted aircraft then began tweeting about what was happening.

Kai Brinker whose Twitter handle is @kbrinker said it was due to an unruly passenger but the behaviour appeared to be related to a medical condition.

Police have not commented on the situation.  

After being de-iced, the plane again left for JFK Airport in New York City.

Organizations: JFK Airport

Geographic location: New York City

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  • Me me
    January 11, 2016 - 17:58

    Hey spell where did you go to school or did you..lol..

  • Me me
    January 11, 2016 - 17:44

    Folks leave this person alone he's in a hurry to get back to the U.S of A to blow up something before his green card expires ..

  • Doris
    January 11, 2016 - 14:54

    Instead of calling someone out on their spelling,why don't you look into the real problem here,someone was out of line on an Aircraft that could have caused injury to someone,not alone the extra cost to the airline to make an emergency landing maybe you can better understand why we pay such a high price for airfare.Its not because of the way someone spells a word it's because of people like this along with the other flight that had to make a landing here a few days ago,nothing wrong with your opinion but keep it to the story.

  • RN Campeau
    January 11, 2016 - 13:26

    We calls it Torbay.

  • Christin
    January 11, 2016 - 13:08

    G'day mate...

  • david
    January 11, 2016 - 12:25

    So he simply wants the courts to act faster for his personal situation and convenience, and they accommodate him?! We'll hop right to it, sir! Maybe such consideration would have been nice on his part before he decided to ruin 250 other people's travel plans.

  • JRM
    January 11, 2016 - 10:51

    "Israel". It's "Israel".

    • Moderator
      January 11, 2016 - 11:12

      Thanks for pointing out the error. It has been corrected.

    • Donna J.
      January 11, 2016 - 11:19

      Good thing he wasn't from Syria or you would have been white with rage.

  • A flyer
    January 11, 2016 - 09:28

    John do you see how dump you sound .your concern is why the St. John's Airport is called YYT,where as your concern should be on the unruly passenger from Israel was taken of the plane by stretcher,your question or concern should be what happened aboard that flight that made him unruly,how were other lives put at risk,he's to appear in court this morning so it wasn't medical.So before getting all worked up over what they call the St. John's Airport,look at what's flying into our country,this is the second flight within a few days of each other that unruly passagers were removed,there are refugees flying in here everyday,makes me wonder how well they are screamed.I would keep my doors locked and get used to the name YYT.

    • spell;
      January 11, 2016 - 10:48

      instead of worrying about what john said,you should worry more about your spelling.

  • John C.
    January 10, 2016 - 15:56

    Why not just say St. John's as this is what the majority of people would recognize not YYT. I see this more and more is it because people are too lazy to type in a full City name. Unless you work in the civil aviation industry these 3 letter designations are meaningless.