On May 27, 2024, around noon, Terrace RCMP received a report of a disruptive passenger on board a West Jet flight which resulted in the aircraft having to turn back to Terrace for an emergency landing.

RCMP officers attended the Terrace Regional Airport runway where the aircraft had landed. Officers were advised that the passenger had been disruptive, failing to remain in his seat during take-off, showing signs of paranoia and attempting to open the exits. The man admitted to having consumed an illegal substance prior to departure.

Other passengers on the plane assisted with the man, restraining him until the flight was on the ground and police were able to board the plane.

Once police entered the plane, the man was arrested for causing a disturbance and taken into custody. Officers believed him to be experiencing a mental health crisis and apprehended him under the mental health act and transported him to a local hospital for assessment.

No one was injured during the course of this event.

Released by

Cst. Kelly Cates

Media Relations Officer
Terrace RCMP
Office: 250-638-7400

Email: kelly.cates@rcmp-grc.gc.ca