Belfast Telegraph

Belfast flight passenger admits endangering safety of aircraft

By Paul Higgins

An airplane passenger has admitted endangering the safety of an aircraft by interfering with the plane's tug.

At Antrim Magistrates' Court yesterday, Paul Anthony Burgoyne (51), originally from Northern Ireland but now living at Temple Close, Shepshed in Loughborough, pleaded guilty to four counts of common assault, disorderly behaviour at Belfast International Airport, behaving in an abusive manner towards cabin crew and recklessly endangering the safety of an aircraft.

Defence barrister Neil Moore asked for sentencing to be adjourned for a pre-sentence probation report, describing it as an "unusual case".

He said that having been taken off the flight, Burgoyne "made his way forward to the tug, the vehicle that pushes a plane from its docking area. It's interference with the tug that is the basis of the endangerment rather than it being in flight," added the lawyer, who conceded it was still "a vey serious charge".

Freeing Burgoyne on bail, District Judge Nigel Broderick said he would pass sentence on May 22.

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