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Plane forced to land after passenger sets hair on fire

A passenger who was part of a stag group caused a plane flying from Manchester to Majorca to be diverted after attempting to set his friend’s hair on fire.

The plane was 30,000ft above France around 90 minutes after take-off, when concerned staff could smell smoke. The plane with 212 passengers was then diverted back to Gatwick where a 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of endangering the aircraft.

Cabin crew on the Monarch flight alerted the captain at the time of the incident, who took the decision to turn the plane around and land. Officers from Sussex Police boarded the aircraft, removed the man from the plane and took him into custody for questioning.

“The aircraft was diverted to Gatwick and landed shortly after 9am when smoke was detected on board,” a statement issued by Sussex Police read. “The smoke came from a passenger whose hair had been singed by another passenger that he was travelling with.”

It’s been reported that both men involved in the incident were part of a stag party heading to Palma. The other passengers told the police that the fire gag was a ‘prank’. Police have confirmed that no one was hurt in the incident.

“Monarch confirms that flight ZB532, flying from Manchester to Majorca on Thursday May 31, diverted into London Gatwick where one passenger was off-loaded from the aircraft due to an incident onboard. Monarch has a zero tolerance approach to disruptive passengers on board,” a spokesman for the airline said. An incident such as this could have caused considerable disruption to on-board passengers. When taking out travel insurance, it could be advisable to review the policy to see what exactly you are covered for and what you could claim for.

Date Created: 21 June 2012

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