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Woman ordered to pay cost of turning plane

2012-06-05 11:26

Sydney - A woman who punched a passenger and flight crew during a drunken air rage incident was ordered by a court on Tuesday to pay the airline the cost of turning around, a newspaper reported.

Retired nurse Frances Macaskill, 58, from Perth was on a Qantas flight from Melbourne to New Zealand on Saturday when she started abusing and punching passengers and crew.

The Melbourne court heard that even when restrained with flexi cuffs and tied down in a rear seat, she continued abusing people and bashing her head on the seat in front of her.

About 40 minutes into the flight the captain decided to return to Melbourne where she was arrested by police.

The woman had been seen drinking duty-free alcohol in the airport before she boarded. She pleaded guilty but said she had no memory of the incident.

The woman, a grandmother, was fined Aus$3 500 and given a suspended four-month jail sentence.

Magistrate Luisa Bazzani also ordered Macaskill to pay the Aus$18 245 that the airline lost by having to turn the plane around, The Age newspaper reported.

The prosecutor said Macaskill had been involved in a similar mid-flight incident on a Virgin Australia flight last year.

Comments
  • Mark - 2012-06-05 11:49

    Ban the witch from ever flying again.

      Nicholas - 2012-06-05 12:07

      if she wants to fly give her a broom ..

      Gadija - 2012-06-05 20:45

      No man ,let her fly ,let's see what sfe does the next time. Hope I'm not on that flight. Ha ha ha.

  • Laurence - 2012-06-05 11:52

    This ladies definition of "Go time" is all messed up.

  • Ever - 2012-06-05 11:59

    Excellent. People need to be held accountable for their actions. Why should the airline bear the costs of someone being a drunken jerk!

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-06-05 12:55

    Didnt know that things like this happen in the perfect Australia, to all those boring - I'm going to Australia blubbers, safe journey hope you wont meet this woman

      Buzz - 2012-06-05 16:23

      Australia isn't perfect, it's full of Aussies. SA on the other hand is WAAAAY from perfect as it has the highest concentration of idiots per square KM for 8 of the 9 provinces, starting at Luthuli house.

  • E=MC2 - 2012-06-05 14:41

    dangerous drunken granny... thats a first :-)

  • Gadija - 2012-06-05 20:41

    All I can say is she shouldn't drink and fly.

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