Russian airline lands at Pearson with dead passenger


TORONTO – Police and a coroner were called to Pearson Airport Wednesday night after a passenger died on board an Aeroflot flight from Moscow.

The circumstances surrounding the man’s death are not known, but there are reports there may have been an altercation on the plane.

The Ontario coroner and Peel Regional Police were called to the airport at about 5:30 p.m., said Const. J.P. Valade.

A recorded message at Pearson said the flight landed at 5:40 p.m.

“We had one deceased passenger and the coroner was contacted,” Valade said. “We still have to interview all the passengers to find out what happened.”

The 180 passengers on board Aeroflot Flight 303 were immediately whisked into questioning as officers flooded the passenger terminal.

Friends and family awaiting the arrival of their loved ones expressed frustration.

Patrick Dennie, awaiting his wife’s return, said she told him by phone that she was sitting just a few seats away when she witnessed an altercation between an apparently intoxicated man and the crew.

Complicating matters is that many on board don’t speak English.

Valade could not say whether the man was Canadian or how old he was.