Plane makes emergency landing after man sets fire to friend's hair

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Manchester flight makes emergency landing after man sets fire to friend's hairPA


A passenger was arrested after a Monarch flight from Manchester to Majorca had to make an emergency landing when he set fire to his friend's hair in an "ill-advised" prank.

The 24-year-old was thought to be on a stag party when he decided to play the joke on his pal at 30,000ft.

The cabin crew smelled smoke and alerted the captain, who was flying over France, and decided to turn back and make an emergency landing at Gatwick.

Police boarded the aircraft when it touched down, and the man was taken into custody and arrested on suspicion of endangering an aircraft.

When questioned, other passengers told police they believed the incident was an "ill-advised" prank.

A spokesman for Monarch told menmedia.co.uk: "Flight ZB532, flying from Manchester to Majorca on May 31, diverted to London Gatwick where one passenger was offloaded from the aircraft

"Monarch has a zero-tolerance approach to disruptive passengers on board. Flight ZB532 landed in London Gatwick at 9.08am where the aircraft was met by Sussex Police. The flight, operating on an Airbus A321 aircraft with 212 passengers on board, then continued on to Majorca, departing from Gatwick at 10.20am."

A spokesman for Sussex Police told the site: "The aircraft was diverted to Gatwick and landed shortly after 9am when smoke was detected on board.

"The smoke came from a passenger whose hair had been singed by another passenger that he was travelling with.

"A 24-year-old man from Widnes, Cheshire, was arrested on suspicion of endangering an aircraft. He remains in custody."

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