Crime

Drunken woman attempts to open door of passenger plane during flight


A woman has been arrested after she attempted to open the door of a passenger plane that was traveling from London Stansted Airport to Turkey.

The incident happened on June 22, Yahoo News had reported.

Chloe Haines, 26, of High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, allegedly tried to open the door of a passenger plane midway through a flight to Turkey, and has admitted endangering the safety of an aircraft.

The incident caused the Jet2 flight to be diverted back to Stansted Airport.

Two RAF fighter jets were quickly deployed to meet the plane, which had been heading to Dalaman, and escort it back to Stansted, where Haines was arrested by Essex Police upon landing.

On board the flight, a cabin crew member allegedly suffered scratches as she tried to prevent Haines from opening the plane door.

She appeared before Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday (today) where she pleaded guilty to endangering the safety of an aircraft and to assaulting cabin crew member, Charley Coombe.

She denied a charge of drunkenness on an aircraft, while she told the judge that she is “fully engaged” with Alcoholics Anonymous — an international mutual aid fellowship with the stated purpose of enabling its members to stay sober and help other alcoholics to stop drinking.

Barrister Oliver Saxby, for Chloe Haines, said there was “no question that she was drunk,” but that the charge of endangering the safety of an aircraft was the “more serious alternative.”

She was bailed to return to the court on January 24 for sentencing.

Her bail conditions include that she does not travel from any UK airport.

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