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RIM Executives Booted Off Plane Headed to China

Two Research In Motion executives on Monday who were reportedly intoxicated forced a plane and 314 passengers bound for China to make an unscheduled stop in Vancouver, Canada.

A Boeing 777 aircraft from Toronto was already north of Alaska when the pilots made the decision to turn the plane around and unload the passengers, the Toronto Star reported.

The cause of the commotion: 45-year-old George Campbell and 38-year-old Paul Alexander Wilson had consumed “too much alcohol” and “disobeyed” the Air Canada flight crew, the report said, citing Richmond RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police).

Campbell and Wilson were arrested after the plane landed in Vancouver late Monday night, the Star reported, and both men pleaded guilty to one charge of mischief in Richmond Provincial Court on Wednesday. 

Canadian BlackBerry maker RIM has reportedly suspended the employees pending further investigation.

The bad PR is nothing the company needed, as it watches its smartphone market share and stock price continue to decline.


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