Fed-up passenger sought fast track on Ryanair wing

A pilot disembarks a Ryanair flight at Stansted airport in London, Britain. (Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne)
Updated 03 January 2018
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Fed-up passenger sought fast track on Ryanair wing

MADRID: A Ryanair passenger who apparently got fed up waiting to get off a plane surprised fellow passengers by using the emergency exit to jump onto a wing.
The incident on New Year’s Day took place 30 minutes after the flight landed from London’s Stansted Airport, where it had also been delayed.
The man was coaxed back into the plane while police were called.
Fellow passenger Fernando del Valle Villalobos, who videoed the incident, said he heard the man say he got fed up waiting.
Police said Wednesday that they have opened a complaint against the man for breaching security. They confirmed he is a non-Spanish citizen.
Ryanair said the incident was now in the hands of Spanish authorities.


US man charged after 3-year-old daughter shoots mother

Updated 20 April 2018
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US man charged after 3-year-old daughter shoots mother

  • Child's father left a loaded handgun between the center arm rest and the front passenger seat of his car
  • Shanique Thomas, who is seven weeks pregnant, underwent surgery and suffered nerve damage

MERRILLVILLE, US: A man in the US state of Indiana is facing charges after his 3-year-old daughter accidentally shot her pregnant mother with a gun he left in the woman’s car, police said Thursday.

Menzo Brazier, 21, of Michigan City was charged Thursday with two counts each of criminal recklessness and neglect of a dependent. He’s being held in the Lake County Jail in Crown Point.

Merrillville police said Shanique Thomas, who is seven weeks pregnant, told detectives that Brazier was inside a thrift store shopping Tuesday and she stayed outside in the car because she had a headache and was feeling ill.

“Thomas stated that while she was sitting in the driver’s seat she suddenly heard a loud pop like a balloon” and realized she was bleeding, police said in a news release.

A bullet passed through the driver’s seat, Thomas’ upper right chest, and the windshield, police said.

Brazier had left a loaded handgun between the center arm rest and the front passenger seat, according to police. Detective Sgt. James Bogner said the child “had no idea what she had done and she was very scared.”

The girl has been placed in protective custody along with a 1-year-old boy who also was in the car at the time.

Police said Thomas underwent surgery and suffered nerve damage. They didn’t comment on the condition of her unborn child.