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  • 31 July 2014, 19:14

Passenger Throws Prosthetic Leg At Cabin Crew

A plane had to be diverted to Gatwick Airport after a woman threw her prosthetic leg at cabin crew and shouted abuse at them.

Sussex Police said the trouble began on Wednesday night when the 48-year-old woman started "swearing blue murder" and throwing food at crew on Thomson Airlines flight 297.

The flight, which was heading from Enfidha in Tunisia to Edinburgh, was diverted to Gatwick after the captain became alarmed.

The woman, who is unemployed and from Edinburgh, was arrested by police at the North Terminal at 10.22pm on Wednesday.

She was questioned by officers on suspicion of using threatening behaviour at Crawley police station.

Sussex Police said: "At 10.22pm on Wednesday a 48-year-old unemployed woman from Edinburgh was arrested at the North Terminal, Gatwick Airport, on suspicion of using threatening behaviour while aboard Thompson flight 297 from Tunisia to Edinburgh.

"The flight was diverted into Gatwick after it was alleged the woman had been abusive and had thrown a prosthetic leg and food at cabin crew."

A spokesman added: "She was swearing blue murder, saying she was going to do this and that and the other, so the flight was diverted to Gatwick."

The spokesman did not comment on reports the woman was drunk when the alleged attack took place.

In a statement, Thomson Airways said: "Thomson Airways would like to apologise to passengers for the diversion into Gatwick airport of flight TOM 297 travelling from Enfidha, Tunisia to Edinburgh on 30th July.

"Unfortunately a passenger became disruptive on board and as a last resort the captain decided to divert the flight to Gatwick.

"Upon landing, the aircraft was met by local police and the passenger was removed for questioning.

"We would like to reassure customers that their safety is our priority at all times.

"Thomson Airways operates a zero tolerance policy with regards to any disruptive behaviour on board and incidents of this type are extremely rare."

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