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 theEdinburgh 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.