Plane makes emergency landing as Brit 'bites' cabin crew mid-flight

Ruth Doherty
Plane makes emergency landing as Brit 'bites' cabin crew mid-flight
Plane makes emergency landing as Brit 'bites' cabin crew mid-flight

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A British woman had to be restrained in handcuffs after 'biting and kicking' cabin crew on a Thomson Airlines flight from Manchester to the Dominican Republic.

Charity worker Carol Close's antics even caused the plane to make an emergency landing in Bermuda.

Manchester's Minshull Street Crown Court was told that the 45-year-old bit a cabin steward and hit him in the chest, and then bit a stewardess and kicked her in the stomach as they tried to restrain when she couldn't contain her agitation.

According to the Daily Mail, fellow passengers first noticed something wrong when Close starting hitting her husband about six hours into the flight.

He moved seats, along with nearby passengers, and cabin steward Michael Dewitt attempted to restrain her.

But Close continued to shout abuse so the pilot made the decision to make an emergency landing in Bermuda.

The defence claimed Close acted out of character, suffered from anxiety and depression - made worse by a 30-hour delay - and had taken anti-depressants, along with drink and painkillers.

Close pleaded guilty to two charges of assault and one of affray, and was ordered to pay £2,476 to Bermuda Police and £200 compensation to the cabin crew she assaulted.

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