Police are hunting for a passenger who allegedly deliberately lit two fires on a packed flight, while striding around smoking and terrifying cabin crew and passengers.
The incidents happened aboard a Monarch Airlines A321 flying 208 people from Birmingham to the Egyptian resort of Sharm El Sheikh.
Britain’s Birmingham Mail reported that Egyptian police were waiting to arrest and deal with the passenger.
The rogue passenger’s actions affected more than other travellers on the flight. The plane was unable to fly until thoroughly checked, stranding for nearly 24 hours tourists due to fly back to England on the same day.
One passenger told the paper the “idiot” responsible was escorted from the plane. He “showed no remorse and verbally abused the passengers whose flight was cancelled”.
An unnamed female passenger told the paper: “The plane was unserviceable because a man set fire to onboard toilets deliberately while also smoking and abusing the cabin crew, terrifying crew and passengers.”
In England, the West Midlands Police confirmed they had launched an investigation “after two small fires are believed to have been deliberately started on a Birmingham flight bound for Egypt.
“The fires were contained and extinguished by staff aboard the Monarch flight from Birmingham to Sharm El Sheikh and no-one was injured.
“Officers from the Airport Policing Unit continue to investigate the circumstances around the incidents.”
A Monarch Airlines spokeswoman added: ‘The A321 aircraft, which was carrying 201 passengers and seven crew, landed safely in Sharm El Sheikh where local police were in attendance. UK authorities have been notified and are dealing with the matter.”
The airline would not comment further until police finished their investigations.
Written by Peter Needham