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Pivot flight crew detained in Dominican Republic to be freed, CEO says

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  •   11-12-2022  2:31 pm
  •   Pax Global Media
Pivot flight crew detained in Dominican Republic to be freed, CEO says
The Pivot Airlines crew that was detained in the Dominican Republic after millions of dollars worth of cocaine were found aboard an aircraft. (Unifor/YouTube)
Pax Global Media

The crew from Pivot Airlines that was detained in the Dominican Republic last spring after millions of dollars worth of cocaine was found aboard a jet is free to return to Canada, according to reports.

Pivot Airlines is a charter airline based in Mississauga, ON.

The issue began in April when the airline’s crew on a flight from Calgary to Punta Cana found a mysterious bag aboard their aircraft and reported it to local authorities.

More bags were discovered, and local police in the DR say they soon found more than 200 kilograms of cocaine aboard the plane.

Crew members, as well as two pilots, two flight attendants and a mechanic were initially imprisoned before being released on bail.

However, for more than 200 days, they’ve been barred from leaving the Caribbean nation.

The crew has been living in fear, according to reports, as they’ve had to hide from criminals who are angry with their decision to tell officials about the drugs.

“They’ve been in safe houses where we continue to move them,” said Pivot Airlines CEO Eric Edmondson in an interview with Global News.

However, it appears the crew could return to Canada soon after a deal on Friday (Nov. 11) was made.

According to a statement Edmondson provided to Global, paperwork has been filed to free the five Pivot crew members who been detained in the DR for 220 days after reporting contraband on their aircraft.

“We are deeply relieved that these five Canadian will soon return home to their families and loved ones,” he said.

Following the cocaine discovery in April, the Air Line Pilots Association, the Canadian Union for Public Employees and Unifor said their members were arbitrarily detained, threatened and prosecuted despite abiding to Transport Canada’s protocols and international laws.

A timeline for the crew’s return has not yet been made public.

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