A Calgary man accused of committing a drunken sexual assault on-board an Air Canada international flight earlier this week has been released on bail.
Justin Neil Frank, 35, faces three offences under the Criminal Code — sexual assault, mischief to property and causing a disturbance by “fighting and being drunk,” court records show.
He also faces two charges under the Canadian Aviation Act — consuming liquor not served to him and failing to comply with crew member instructions. If convicted, those offences carry a fine of up to $100,000, five years in jail, or both.
All five charges stem from a flight that was scheduled to travel from London, England to Calgary on Monday.
Air Canada Flight 851 was diverted to Edmonton and met by RCMP officers on the tarmac because of a reported disturbance by a passenger. There were 11 crew members and 349 passengers on-board.
RCMP allege that Frank assaulted a female crew member and another passenger during the fracas. Minor damage was done to the plane during the flight.
Frank was held in custody until Wednesday, when he was released on $1,000 bail. While on release, Frank must abstain from alcohol and stay away from bars. There are no restrictions on him flying in the province.
Frank was scheduled to make his first court appearance in Leduc on Thursday morning, but that has been rescheduled until Oct. 4.