Mum, daughter accused of sparking mid-flight ‘riot’ with 20 men on easyJet plane


A drunk mum and her daughter sparked a mid-air “riot” with 20 men on an easyJet flight after drinking pink gin, a court heard.

The 56-year-old and her 34-year-old daughter were flying to Agadir in Morocco before they allegedly triggered a “full-on fight”.

Karin and Carrie Parkes repeatedly swore at staff before one allegedly tried to punch a steward and another had to be held down.

The captain of the aircraft eventually diverted to Casablanca after staff told him the rear of the cabin where the group were sitting was “out of control”, the court heard.

A virtually empty one-litre bottle of Gordon’s pink gin and empty bottles of vodka were found near their seats.

Manchester Magistrates’ Court was told the incident on January 19 last year began after flight EZ1905 took off at 3.30pm from Terminal One, Manchester Airport.

Nick Smart, prosecuting, said the group of men and women had been asked to keep the noise down an hour into the flight.

After one is said to have told the cabin manager “you can f**k off you c**t”, they were refused any more booze.

Eventually bags of alcohol they had brought onto the plane were taken off them, the court heard, and the group became “very rowdy”.

Cabin manager Liam Dickson told the hearing Karin tried to punch him in the face and was “out of control”.

He said: “There was a lot of fists flying around with other passengers. It was as if there was a riot happening at the back of the cabin, and there were at least 15-20 men stood up at this point and I was very concerned.

“I actually went into the flight deck to tell them that the cabin was out of control and a full-on fight was happening. I requested a divert straight away. The captain just asked me to keep it under control.

“The whole plane knew what was happening, and Carrie was screaming and shouting – she was out of control and the crew members were trying to advise her to get back in her seat. She was up in the aisle as we were landing.

“Carrie took a while to get off – she was in the galley crying to the crew members. There was a lot of kicking off, screaming, shouting.”

The two women both deny being drunk on the aircraft. Karin Parkes also denies assaulting Mr Dickson.

A third passenger Jonathan Thomas, 36, also from Blackpool, denies being drunk on an aircraft.

The trial continues.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission


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