Plane diverted in US after Wigan man ‘assaults’ woman

Darren Halliwell

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THIS is the Wigan man charged by US police after an incident on an aeroplane forced the captain to make an unscheduled landing.

Massachusetts State Police last night (Wednesday) released a statement saying that 48-year-old Darren Halliwell, from Aspull, allegedly assaulted a woman he was travelling with before clashing with cabin crew.

The British Airways plane, which was heading to Houston, Texas, had to land at Logan Airport in Boston where it was met by troopers.

Halliwell, the managing director at WN1 IT, was arrested and charged and will appear at a district court tomorrow.

The police statement said: “A man from the UK is in State Police custody after he allegedly assaulted a woman and caused a disturbance on a transatlantic flight this morning.

“Darren A Halliwell, 48, of Aspull, a village in Greater Manchester County in England, is currently charged with interfering with a flight crew. Additional charges related to the alleged assault are possible.

Darren A Halliwell, 48, of Aspull, a village in Greater Manchester County in England, is currently charged with interfering with a flight crew

Massachusetts State Police

“Troopers met British Airways Flight 195, on which Halliwell was a passenger, when it landed at Logan Airport shortly after noon.

“State Police had been notified that the flight was being diverted to Logan after Halliwell allegedly assaulted a woman he was travelling with and became disruptive. Out of respect for her privacy we are not naming her or commenting on her relationship to the defendant.

“British Airways Flight 195 had originated in London and was heading to Houston. After the defendant’s removal from the flight, the plane continued to its destination.

“Halliwell is expected to be arraigned tomorrow in the East Boston District Court.”

A spokesman for the airline told local media in Boston: “Our customers and crews deserve to enjoy their flights and not to suffer any form of abuse. This sort of behaviour will not be tolerated, and the Captain took the decision to divert the aircraft to Boston as a precaution.”