Cape Town - A drunk Sri Lankan cricketer has reportedly tried to open the door of a British Airways flight from St Lucia to London while the plane was at 35 000 feet.
The batsman was seen by other
passengers pushing and pulling the door on the plane while searching for
the toilet, about two hours out from London's Gatwick airport on
Monday, British media have reported.
British Airways (BA) crew
members subdued the player, whose actions were causing panic among the
plane's 229 passengers, according to the Daily Mail.
Cricket (SLC) said it was "disappointed" with the reported incident and
vowed disciplinary action against the batsman if it was proved true.
said in a second statement on Tuesday that the team manager reported that
batsman Ramith Rambukwella had mistaken the cabin door for the toilet.
"At that moment certain passengers had brought to his notice that he is trying to access the incorrect door.
player apologised profusely to the passengers and to the cabin staff
who accepted it in good faith," the SLC said adding, however, that a
disciplinary hearing would take place.
The team were on their way home from the West Indies.
was quoted in the Daily Mail as saying that the player had tried to
open the cabin door in mid air instead of going to the toilet.
"The event was linked to an element of alcohol. He explained his mistake and cabin crew accepted it in good faith," BA had said.
added that the airline had reassured passengers that it was impossible
to open the pressurised door mid-flight and that at no point was the
safety of passengers compromised.