Passenger removed from diverted plane will have bail hearing tomorrow

Published on January 10, 2016

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.