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February 27, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

A wild storm has swept through Europe, challenging pilots in atrocious conditions and producing an arrest after a plane struggled to land in devastating winds with all passengers braced – except for one “heavily drunk” man who did something rather different.

Throughout the tricky landing in Storm Doris, the drunk lurched back and forth down the aisle searching for more alcohol, passengers reported.

Storm Doris, which battered Britain and the Netherlands late last week, produced some impressive video clips. One shows a skilled pilot landing a Monarch flight from Innsbruck into Manchester. After landing, the pilot gave a cheeky wave through the window.

The Manchester Evening News quoted Captain Simon Brown, Monarch Base Pilot Manager, Manchester and Leeds Bradford: “This was a normal landing given the weather conditions today thanks to storm Doris. Landing in heavy winds is one of the many skills this captain, who landed perfectly in the conditions today, and all of our pilots are highly trained in.”

A Flybe flight from Edinburgh caught in the same storm crash-landed off the runway at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport as its landing gear gave way. Footage taken by passengers showed the Bombardier Q400’s right wing dipping abruptly as it touched down in high winds.

Here’s another wild landing in Storm Doris below:

Meanwhile, in a far less heroic action during Storm Doris, a passenger said to be heavily drunk was dragged away by police officers armed with Tasers after repeatedly staggering down the aisle while his Ryanair flight was struggling to land in high winds.

The flight from Eindhoven in Holland was headed to Manchester but was diverted to Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport due to the storm, the Liverpool Echo reported.

Officers were heard shouting, “Taser-armed police coming through,” as they rushed through the cabin, the paper said.

A passenger said the plane was twisting as it battled in heavy winds, while the drunk “walked up and down the aisles, smiling and wishing everyone a good trip”.

The crew warned the drunk “about five times” to sit down, while other passengers yelled for him to sit down and shut up. The drunk refused to desist, apparently on a one-man mission to find more alcohol.

A Ryanair spokesman said: “This flight from Eindhoven to Manchester diverted to Liverpool due to high winds at Manchester. The aircraft landed normally and the crew requested police assistance after a passenger became disruptive inflight. We will not tolerate disruptive behaviour at any time. This is now a matter for local police.”

Written by Peter Needham

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