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Passenger charged after allegedly cracking plane window on flight from Florida

Nicholas Whittaker was met by police at Manchester Airport

A man has been charged with endangering a plane after allegedly hitting an aircraft window and causing it to crack mid-flight.

A crew member of a Thomson Airways flight radioed a message to police at Manchester Airport after a window was struck, cracking the inner pane, the Daily Mail reports. 

Passengers on the flight had been travelling back from Florida when the incident occurred at 5.30am on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Police officers met Nicholas Whittaker at the gate when the plane arrived at Manchester Airport on 25 May.

Greater Manchester Police said Nicholas Whittaker, 44, Bentinck Street, Ashton-under-Lyne was charged with recklessly or negligently acting in a manner likely to endanger an aircraft or persons on it.

He is due to appear before Trafford Magistrates’ Court on 11 August.

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said: “At about 5.30am on 25 May 2014, police at the airport were informed by a member of the crew that a passenger on an inbound flight from Florida had struck an aircraft window, causing it to crack.

“On arrival, a 43-year-old man was arrested on the aircraft.”

A spokesperson for Thomson Airways said it could not comment on the matter.