He’s depressed, you see, and was on his way to Istanbul to seek mental help, because there are, of course, no mental health specialists in Toronto. And as we all know, people who are depressed generally threaten to commit mass murder by bringing down an airplane. Nothing to see here. Move along.
MONTREAL – It was mass-murder threats allegedly uttered aboard a Toronto-to-Istanbul flight that led to serious charges against a Turkish national, QMI Agency has learned.
“You will hear ‘bang bang’ and everyone is going to die,” a flight attendant was told on Air Transat flight TS100, a source says.
The pilot of the Airbus A330 with 316 passengers on board turned back 90 minutes out of Montreal’s Trudeau Airport on Sunday.
Dogan Akkaya, 25, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with committing a hoax regarding terrorist activity as well as assault, threats and criminal harassment. The terror-related charge could land him a 10-year-prison term.
Sources tell QMI that the disturbance began shortly after the flight departed Montreal at 6:35 p.m. on Sunday. A man tried to go to the toilet during takeoff, but was stopped by a flight attendant, provoking an altercation.
Akkaya’s bail hearing, scheduled for Tuesday, was postponed after his lawyer requested a psychiatric evaluation.
Quebec Court Judge Jean-Paul Braun agreed to the evaluation, which irked the defendant.
“I do not have psychiatric problems,” Akkaya said in Turkish. “I did not kill anyone, I did not hit anyone, I apologized to the crew.”
The defendant then launched into a rant about his dreams, and also asked that Turkish officials intervene in the matter.
A friend of Akkaya’s told reporters the defendant had psychiatric problems and that he was travelling to Turkey to seek mental help at his mother’s request.
“(Akkaya) doesn’t want to admit it, but he’s depressed,” the friend said.