Drunk Sri Lankan cricketer tries to open aircraft door midair

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: July 2, 2013, 10:03 AM IST
Drunk Sri Lankan cricketer tries to open aircraft door midair

A member of the Sri Lankan cricket team tried to open the cabin door on the British Airways flight from St Lucia to Gatwick while the plane was at 35,000ft, as reported by the Dailymail.

As per the report in the leading daily, the unnamed drunk Sri Lanka A cricketer tried to open the exterior door before telling British Airway cabin crew on board the Boeing 777 that he had mistaken it for the toilet.

The team had boarded in Grenada for the overnight flight and were going to London's Gatwick Airport after participating in a Tri-nations tour. According to eye-witnesses the incident happened six hours into an eight hour flight as the person in question, wearing s blue Sri Lankan polo-shirt team uniform with their country's name in yellow lettering, walked up to the door and tried to open the cabin door several times. It went on for a few minutes.

"The BA flight attendants came running down the aisle and tried to calm him down. He seemed quite disoriented," said one of the witnesses as quoted by the Dailymail. Another witnessed said, "'Some of his team-mates were shouting and telling him to stop. I was just a few feet away. My mum was really upset. Thank goodness he was stopped. Somebody said they had been drinking for four hours before they got on the plane."

The cricketer later explained his mistake and cabin crew accepted it in good faith. Security were informed on the ground but police were not called or involved After leaving the BA flight at Gatwick, the player and his team mates subsequently boarded another plane belonging to another airline taking them on to Sri Lanka, as per the leading daily.

First Published: July 2, 2013, 10:03 AM IST

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