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UPDATE: Man accused of bomb threat on Sunwing flight out on bail

Ali Shahi is facing several charges, including endangering the safety of an aircraft

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The man accused of creating chaos aboard Sunwing Airlines flight from Toronto to Panama has been released from police custody on $1, 000 bail.

The plane was headed for Panama Friday morning, but turned around over the U.S. after officials a passenger allegedly made a bomb threat.

Two fighter jets escorted the flight and it landed safely in Toronto at about 9 a.m.

Witnesses say the man became distressed about 45 minutes into the flight, ripping up magazines and newspapers.

Fitz was onboard and spoke with our sister station CP24. Fitz said he couldn't hear what the man was saying but that he had been using inappropriate language with children nearby.

"The landing was very swift... The descent was very rapid," he says of the stressful landing back in Toronto. "My ears are still not popped from that experience."

When the plane landed, the Emergency Task Force boarded with guns drawn and yelling, "Heads down! Hands up!"

25-year-old Ali Shahi faces charges including uttering threats and endangering the safety of an aircraft. He was released from custody after a court appearance Saturday afternoon.

Shahi's father has said his his son is mentally ill, suffering from depression, anorexia, and bulimia since he was 16-years-old. Sadegh Shahi says Ali is not at fault, blaming police and health system for not giving his son the help he needs.

Travellers on the turned around flight were offered another flight to Panama Friday, but that trip did not go smoothly either. According to Sunwing, a passenger fainted in plane's back galley and suffered a minor head injury. The flight landed in Jamaica so that person could receive medical attention. About an hour later, the plane continued on to Panama.

WATCH: Witness video of ETF officers storming the plane when it returned to Toronto: 

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  1. LM posted on 07/26/2014 09:12 AM
    I used to love to fly, not anymore! Too many Nuts out there.
  2. David Villa posted on 07/26/2014 02:12 PM
    Vacation? mental issues?. Any doctor in Ontario can prescribe medicines against depression. We have one of the best health care systems in the world. Put this kid to work, to earn his own money and you will see how well he recuperates. Stop feeding lazy #$#$ that use any excuse to do nothing.
  3. Nemsis posted on 07/26/2014 02:33 PM
    "Shahi's father has said his his son is mentally ill, suffering from depression, anorexia, and bulimia since he was 16-years-old. Sadegh Shahi says Ali is not at fault, blaming police and health system for not giving his son the help he needs."

    Yeah, yeah, always blame someone else. What a crock! Why were you allowing him to travel unescorted? Look after your own instead of expecting others to do it for you.
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