Tenerife-Birmingham flight grounded after man threatens to set himself on fire

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A MONARCH flight from Tenerife South airport to Birmingham was forced to turn around and perform an emergency landing in the Canaries after a passenger doused himself in lighter fuel and tried to set a stewardess’ face on fire.

The dramatic incident saw no serious injuries but passengers were forced to wait seven hours for a new flight and were understandably shaken. 

The incident took place on Thursday October 27 and was not terror related.

A statement from Monarch read: ‘Monarch can confirm that two passengers were offloaded on board Monarch flight ZB933 from Tenerife to Birmingham on 27 October 2016 due to disruptive behaviour.

‘The flight had departed for Birmingham but diverted back to Tenerife airport where a passenger was subsequently arrested upon arrival.’

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