Woman jailed after attempting to open plane door midway through flight

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A woman who yelled “I’m going to kill you all” and tried to open the door of a plane midway through a flight has been jailed for two years.

Chloe Haines, 26, was handed the prison sentence at Chelmsford Crown Court on Wednesday following an incident on board a flight from Stansted Airport on 22 June last year.

Two RAF fighter jets were scrambled to meet the Jet2 flight – which was heading to Dalaman, Turkey – and escort it back to the Essex airport.

Haines, who passengers and cabin crew had fought to restrain, was arrested by police when the plane landed.

A court later heard how she “blacked out and didn’t really remember what happened” on the flight after mixing alcohol with medication.

Haines, of High Wycombe, had previously admitted at a hearing in December to endangering the safety of an aircraft and assaulting cabin crew member Charley Coombe.

Ms Coombe suffered scratches as she tried to prevent Haines from opening the plane door.

Haines’ barrister told a court last year his client was a “troubled young person with a number of serious issues”.

He said “to her credit” that Haines had “engaged more fully with Alcoholics Anonymous”.

The 26-year-old admitted endangering the safety of an aircraft at an earlier hearing
Haines sobbed through much of Wednesday’s sentencing hearing.

Judge Charles Gratwicke said: “Those that are trapped in the confined space of the aircraft will inevitably be distressed, frightened and petrified by the actions of those who in a drunken state endanger their lives.

“For some it will be their worst nightmare come true.”

Jet2 calculated that the incident cost them £86,000, the court heard.


Source: Sky News