Women’s drunken brawl forces Sunwing plane to turn back

by Alyssa Daniells
Sunwing airplane in the sky

Two Toronto-area women are facing lifetime prison sentences after their intoxicated fight in an airplane washroom lead to them threatening the plane.

25-year-old Lilia Ratmanski and 26-year-old Milana Muzikante were released on $2,500 bail yesterday. The pair’s unruly behaviour made the Sunwing flight to Cuba return to Toronto, 90 minutes into the flight.  The women allegedly drank their duty-free alcohol, lit up cigarettes that set off the smoke detectors and then got into an altercation that became physical.

Flight 656 was escorted back to Toronto Pearson International Airport by two CF-18 fighter jets.  Since 9/11, any sort of threat to airplane safety is considered a possible act of terrorism and the pilot felt there was enough danger to divert the plane, filled with holidaymakers looking forward to a sunny getaway.

The cost of turning the flight around is at least $50,000, according to Sunwing. The two emergency jets dispatched by NORAD from Quebec cost approximately $16,750 each, per hour.

Sunwing compensated the passengers with meal vouchers at Pearson Airport and a future travel voucher.

The women are awaiting a hearing. Their bail conditions restrict them from flying and seeing each other, among other stipulations.

 

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