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Passenger 'threw her false leg at plane's cabin crew'

By Kate Ferguson

A plane had to be diverted to Gatwick Airport after a woman allegedly unleashed a foul-mouthed tirade and threw her prosthetic leg at cabin crew.

A Sussex police spokesman said trouble kicked off when the woman (48) began "swearing blue murder" and throwing food at staff on the Thomson Airlines flight 297.

The captain became so alarmed by her behaviour that he diverted the plane, which was flying from Enfidha in Tunisia and destined for Edinburgh, to Gatwick.

The woman, who is unemployed and from Edinburgh, was arrested by police at the North Terminal at 10.22pm on Wednesday. She was taken to Crawley police station where she is being quizzed by officers on suspicion of using threatening behaviour.

In a statement, Sussex Police said: "At 10.22pm on Wednesday a 48-year-old unemployed woman from Edinburgh was arrested at the North Terminal, Gatwick Airport, on suspicion of using threatening behaviour while aboard Thomson flight 297 from Tunisia to Edinburgh.

"The flight was diverted into Gatwick after it was alleged the woman had been abusive and had thrown a prosthetic leg and food at cabin crew."

A spokesman added: "She was saying she was going to do this and that and the other, so the flight was diverted to Gatwick."

But he refused to comment on reports the woman was drunk when the alleged attack took place.

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