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Man 'tried to open door' on Thomson flight to Newcastle

Thomson aircraft
Image caption The alleged incident happened on a Thomson Airways flight from Majorca to Newcastle

A holidaymaker has been arrested on suspicion of trying to open the door of a plane at 36,000ft.

Sussex Police said the 22-year-old, from Ashington in Northumberland, was held on suspicion of endangering the safety of an aircraft.

The Thomson Airways flight from Majorca to Newcastle had to be diverted to Gatwick Airport in West Sussex.

Witnesses said cabin crew tried to restrain a man as he attempted to open the door during Wednesday's flight.

The man was said to have shouted: "It's okay, we are just on a simulator".

'Extremely rare'

A Sussex Police spokeswoman said there were no reported injuries and no weapons were involved.

The man has been bailed until 8 November pending further inquiries, she said.

A Thomson Airways spokeswoman said: "We would like to reassure customers that it would not have been possible for this passenger to open the aircraft door whilst the aircraft was in the air due to the pressure inside the cabin.

"We would also like to reassure our customers that incidents of this type are extremely rare and that their safety is our first priority at all times."

Sussex Police arrested the man at Gatwick Airport. The flight carried on to Newcastle, arriving almost three hours later than planned, just before 05:00 BST.

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