Edinburgh-bound plane diverted after woman 'threw prosthetic leg at cabin crew, demanded cigarettes and parachute'

The plane was travelling from Tunisia to Scotland

A pilot was forced to divert a plane to Gatwick Airport on Wednesday night, after a woman on a flight bound for Edinburgh allegedly launched a foul-mouthed tirade and threw her prosthetic leg at staff.

The Thomson Airlines flight 297 was travelling from Enfidha in Tunisia to Edinburgh, when the woman began “swearing blue murder” and threw food at staff, according to a Sussex Police spokesman.

Another passenger on the flight told the Edinburgh Evening News she had demanded cigarettes and a parachute and was "off her face on drink."

John Smith, from Falkirk told the paper: "She was shouting ‘I want cigarettes’ and that she wanted a parachute to jump off the plane.

“She slapped a young girl and then assaulted the cabin crew with her prosthetic leg."

The captain became so alarmed by her behaviour that he diverted the plane to Gatwick, West Sussex.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “She was swearing blue murder, saying she was going to do this and that and the other, so the flight was diverted to Gatwick.”

But he refused to comment on reports the woman was drunk when the alleged attack took place.

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The woman from Edinburgh was arrested by police at the North Terminal at 10.22pm on Wednesday. She was then taken to Crawley police station, where she is being questioned by officers on suspicion of using threatening behaviour.

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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