Death on YYC airplane last August result of 'natural causes': CPS

Jul 31 2019, 10:18 pm

Nearly one year after a man died following an altercation at the Calgary International Airport last August, the Calgary Police Service has announced that they have concluded their investigation.

At around 3 pm on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, a man described as a “foreign national” was involved in an altercation with two Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) officers as he was being removed from Canada, according to a statement from CBSA Prairie Acting Regional Director General Nina Patel.

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The man was aboard an outbound flight from the airport when the incident occurred, and though he was rushed to the hospital, he ultimately died after being in “medical distress.”

According to a July 30 release from the Calgary Police Service, “the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has determined that the passenger died of natural causes.”

It was also noted in the release that the “death was not caused by the actions of the CBSA officers, who were acting in the execution of their duties in a reasonable and appropriate manner.”

According to an August 9, 2018 release from Calgary Police Service, those two officers had been taken to hospital and treated for minor injuries.

“As this is not a criminal matter, no further details will be released by the Calgary Police Service,” the most recent release states.

The identity of the man was not included in the release.