Drunk Sri Lanka player tries to open aircraft door

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Updated: Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 14:42 [IST]
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Drunk SL player creates panic midair

Kingston (Jamaica), July 2: A Sri Lankan cricketer, who was drunk, tried to open the cabin door of British Airways flight at 35,000 feet creating panic among the passengers on-board, a newspaper report said.

Sri Lankan team is currently in the Caribbean for the Celkon Mobile Cup tri-series also involving India and West Indies. However, another report said that the player in question was Sri Lanka 'A' team player and not the main squad playing in the tri-series.

After Sri Lanka's opening match against the hosts in Kingston, the players were in the BA flight from Grenada to London Gatwick when the incident happened, "The Daily Mail" reported on Monday (July 1).

"A drunken Sri Lankan cricketer caused panic on a packed British Airways passenger flight when he tried to open the cabin door at 35,000ft.

In his stupor he tugged away for up to two minutes at the exterior door before telling BA cabin crew on board the packed Boeing 777 that he had mistaken it for the toilet.

The incident alarmed eye-witnesses among the 229 passengers on board flight BA 2158 as the Sri Lankan cricket team flew back high over the Atlantic ocean from St Lucia to London Gatwick after playing against the West Indies in the Tri Nations Tour," the report said.

The report added the BA officials confirmed the incident but did not name the cricketer.

A British Airways spokesman said: "There was a minor incident onboard the BA2158 service from St Lucia to Gatwick involving a customer who we believe had been drinking."

"It is impossible to open an aircraft door when it is at high altitude and at no point was the aircraft in any danger. Our cabin crew are highly trained to deal with such incidents and offered re-assurance to customers who were sitting near to the door," he added.

Sri Lanka face India in Kingston tonight.


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Story first published:  Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 13:25 [IST]
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