Plane makes emergency landing after woman tried to open door in midflight

By Calvin Palmer

A Canadian woman is being held in custody after trying to open a door on an aircraft in midflight.

Barbara Loretta Morton, 47, of St John’s, Newfoundland, had to be restrained by cabin crew aboard a WestJet plane carrying 131 people on a flight from Calgary to Halifax. The plane made an emergency landing at Winnipeg.

About an hour into yesterday’s flight, Morton allegedly left her seat and tried to leave the plane through a door hatch.

A 77-year-old male passenger and an airline employee were assaulted while restraining the woman, Winnipeg police said. The passenger suffered minor injuries.

Morton is charged with two counts of assault, mischief, endangering the safety of an aircraft and failing to comply with the instructions of a flight crew.

She is now in custody at the Winnipeg Remand Centre.

[Based on a report by the Toronto Sun.]

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