Two men face hefty fine after flight diverts

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Posted: Dec 01, 2011 6:33 PM
Two men face hefty fine after flight diverts

BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion suspended two employees on Thursday after their drunken rowdiness forced an Air Canada flight from Toronto to Beijing to be diverted to Vancouver and a court ordered them to pay US$70,699.49 (CA71,757) in restitution.

George Campbell, 24, and Paul Alexander Wilson, 38, pleaded guilty to mischief on Thursday. They were also given suspended sentences and probation for a year.

"Based on the limited information available at this time, RIM has suspended the individuals involved pending further investigation," RIM spokesman Marisa Conway said in a statement.

Another passenger aboard the plane said Campbell and Wilson were fighting with the flight attendants and it took the entire crew to subdue the men, who were eventually handcuffed to seats on the plane on Monday.

After the jet diverted to Vancouver, the other passengers were put up in hotels overnight and the flight resumed the next day, 18 hours behind schedule.