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Johannesburg - A Sandhurst woman who allegedly threw a bottle of water at a flight attendant in midair faces criminal charges in Canada, the Sunday Times reported.

Nomantangwa Babhekile Johansson, 30, wife of Ivanhoe Mines CEO Lars-Eric Johansson, was travelling from London to Toronto on December 17 when the incident took place on an Air Canada flight.

The aircraft was diverted to Halifax Stanfield International Airport where she was arrested. She spent a night in police custody before appearing in court for a bail hearing.

Greg Church, spokesman for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, said Johansson was released after paying bail of about R100 000.

“She has to report to the police airport detachment every Friday by phone and she is to remain in Canada until this matter has been dealt with through the court processes,” he said.

According to Canadian media reports, Johansson faces six charges including assault with a weapon, and causing a disturbance.

She has surrendered her passport and is staying with relatives in Ontario.

Johansson is due to appear in court on January 22.