Canadian flight crew detained in Dominican Republic since April now free to leave


The Canadian crew of a passenger aircraft that has been unable to leave the Dominican Republic for the previous seven months is lastly being allowed to come house.

The ordeal started in early April of this 12 months, when the five-person crew of a Pivot Airlines flight from Calgary to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic discovered an odd bag aboard the plane and reported it to authorities.

More luggage had been subsequently found, and native police say they ultimately discovered greater than 200 kilograms of the unlawful drug aboard the jet.

Crew members together with two pilots, two flight attendants and a mechanic have been forbidden from leaving the nation ever since.

Canadian authorities and the airline itself have been working with native authorities to permit the crew to leave, and on Friday, a deal was reached.

“Earlier at this time, paperwork was filed to free the 5 Pivot crew members who’ve been detained in the Dominican Republic for 220 days after reporting suspected contraband on their plane,” Pivot CEO Eric Edmondson advised CBC News in a press release.

“We are deeply relieved that these 5 Canadians will quickly return house to their households and family members,” he stated.

“We are urging the Dominican Republic authorities to start the method of releasing the crew at once. Due to this uncertainty, and the very actual potential for unexpected delays, we don’t but have a timeline for the crew’s return.”


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