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Senator's wife accused of causing disturbance on flight to Saskatoon

Police say Maygan Sensenberger believed her husband, Rod Zimmer, was in medical distress
Reported by News Talk Radio staff
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A Liberal senator's wife was arrested Thursday night in Saskatoon at the John G. Diefenbaker Airport after a disturbance on a flight arriving from Ottawa.

Maygan Sensenberger, 23, is charged with endangering the safety of an aircraft and causing a disturbance.

"The suspect in this case had stated to several people that she believed her husband was in medical distress," said Alyson Edwards, spokesperson with the Saskatoon Police Service.

According to witnesses, Sensenberger, who is married to Manitoba Liberal Sen. Rod Zimmer, created a large disturbance which only got worse as the plane neared Saskatoon, said Edwards.

"It's our understanding that throughout the flight, there was a verbal argument taking place of a domestic nature."

After the plane landed, airport staff, who are trained in EMS, checked the 69-year-old and determined that he was fine, said Edwards.

Saskatoon police told News Talk Radio that alcohol may have been a factor in the incident.

Earlier today, Sensenberger made her first appearance in provincial court.

She appeared visibility shaken and tearful in the prisoner's box.

Sensenberger will be remanded in custody until her second appearance on Monday, the couple's first wedding anniversary.

Zimmer was appointed to the Senate by former prime minister Paul Martin in 2005. He was born born in Kuroki, Saskatchewan and received a commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1973.

With files from News Talk Radio's Bre McAdam and Ashley Wills