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NEWS: Nunavut June 17, 2014 - 3:21 pm

Unruly Nunavut flyer sentenced to three days in jail

Helen Evaglok, 50, pleads guilty to one charge under the Canadian Aeronautics Act

DAVID MURPHY

A passenger who caused a four-hour delay to a Canadian North flight from Yellowknife to Kugluktuk March 13 was handed a three-day prison sentence last week.

Helen Evaglok, 50, was originally charged with four counts under the Canadian Aeronautics Act.

Evaglok pleaded guilty to one of those charges June 10 before Justice Sue Cooper.

That charge states “No person shall engage in any behaviour that endangers the safety or security of an aircraft in flight or of persons on board an aircraft in flight.” 

Crown prosecutor Chris Punter withdrew the other three charges related to the incident.

A Canadian North spokesperson said that the woman drank in the bathroom on its Dash-8 aircraft “and became very disorderly and injured one of our flight attendants.”

Alcohol is not served on that flight. But the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority does not screen passengers departing Yellowknife for Nunavut.

The woman was so disorderly that the flight’s first officer had to restrain the her during the flight. RCMP hauled the woman out of the plane after the flight landed in Kugluktuk.

The plane returned to Yellowknife and picked up another flight attendant to work the flight, which was scheduled to fly on to Cambridge Bay.

About 20 passengers on the plane had to wait in the Kugluktuk airport for that to happen.

According to information obtained at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit, Evaglok served her three-day jail sentence at the Kugluktuk RCMP detachment.

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