Plane makes emergency landing after person's hair was set on fire

Published On: Wednesday December 19, 2012 5:05 AM
By: John Roberts
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A guest at a bachelor party caused a plane to be diverted yesterday after trying to set his friend's hair on fire at 30,000 feet.

The 24-year-old from Widnes was arrested on suspicion of endangering an aircraft after the incident, which took place on a Monarch flight from Manchester to Mallorca.

The plane, which had 212 passengers aboard, was flying over France, about 90 minutes after takeoff, when the cabin crew smelled smoke and the captain decided to land at Gatwick.

The officers of Sussex Police boarded the plane and took the man into custody for questioning. It is understood that both men were part of a bachelor party heading to Palma de Mallorca, and other passengers told police he believed the incident was a "prank". No one was injured, police said.

"Monarch ZB532 confirms that the flight, flying from Manchester to Mallorca was diverted from London to Gatwick, where a passenger was led out of the aircraft due to an incident on board," said a spokesman for the airline. "Monarch has a zero tolerance approach to disruptive passengers on board."

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: "The plane was diverted to Gatwick and landed shortly after 9 pm, when smoke was detected aboard the smoke came from a passenger whose hair had been set on fire by another passenger who was traveling with.”