Plane crazy

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A DRUNKEN Wigan man brought mayhem and terror to a plane in mid-flight.

A court heard that David Hughes left fellow passengers fearing for their safety as his behaviour became increasingly boorish and menacing. The 52-year-old from Woodville Road, Ince, was arrested by police who were waiting for him as the service landed.

This week he stood before Loughborough magistrates in Leicestershire charged with being drunk on a plane.

Hughes had been arrested at East Midlands Airport on February 18 this year.

He pleaded guilty to the charge. The court was told that passengers and cabin crew became aware of Hughes on the midnight flight, when he produced a bottle of vodka from under his seat and began drinking it. His behaviour throughout the journey, which included throwing his arms about and speaking loudly in the faces of other passengers left many of them fearing for their safety.

Small children and families were among those on the plane, yet this didn’t stop Hughes from swearing and making others around him feel uncomfortable.

Cabin crew contacted the police who were waiting for him at the airport.

Prosecutor Claire Palmer said: “Hughes was said to be unsteady on his feet and his speech slurred.

“And a female passenger was visibly distressed by what had happened when she came of the plane”

When questioned by police Hughes expressed remorse for what he had done but said he couldn’t remember any of it other than that he had, had two double whiskies and had bought the vodka at duty-free.

He was fined £745.

A second man, Dominic Joseph Maloney, of the same address and facing the same charge as Hughes, will appear before Hinckley magistrates on July 25.

He faces a one-and-a-half-day trial as the Crown Prosecution Service says it may call 12 witnesses.