A woman has been removed from a Jet2 flight and arrested at Stansted Airport after allegedly attempting to open the doors of the aircraft and threatening passengers and crew.
RAF Typhoon fighter aeroplanes were scrambled in order to escort the plane back to the UK airport 45 minutes after it had taken off on its journey to Dalaman, Turkey.
Police have confirmed that a 25-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of assault and endangering an aircraft at 17:49 on Saturday afternoon.
Amiy Varol, a passenger on board the aircraft, told The Sun: "This lady who was clearly intoxicated gets called to the front of the plane and she starts shouting and screaming and runs to the plane door.
"The cabin crew grabbed her to stop her and then she starts scratching them and hitting them.
"She then got pinned to the floor by cabin crew and passengers and a passenger even sat on her."
Varol continued: "She kept getting up and running back towards the door.
"She had six people sitting on her. We had to fly back to Stansted for the police to get her.
"She kept singing songs and screaming she's gonna kill us, 'I want to get off', 'I'm gonna fucking hit you' 'fucking come on then'.
"I was terrified. There's nothing you can do, you can't escape."
"The aircraft has returned safely and we are liaising with the relevant authorities to support their investigation.
"We are working hard to ensure the remaining customers reach their destination as soon possible."
As a result of the RAF fighter involvement, some people in the area surrounding Stansted airport called their local police after hearing a gigantic bang - a sonic boom caused by the Typhoon aircraft - was heard as far away as 40 miles from the airport.
Bishop's Stortford police tweeted: "Large number of 999 calls coming in about a loud explosion.
"We have liaised with @EssexPoliceUK who are confirming that this is a sonic boom from a passing aircraft."
Essex Police also commented: "We were made aware of a disruptive passenger on an inbound flight to Stansted this evening, Saturday, June 22.
"There is a possibility that residents nearby may have heard a loud noise, often associated with a sonic boom, as the aircraft descended into Stansted airspace.
"Officers attended and arrested a 25-year-old woman on suspicion of two assaults and endangering an aircraft.
"She remains in custody."
Some flights suffered minor delays as a result of the incident, but normal service has now been resumed.
Featured Image Credit: Amiy Varol
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