A PASSENGER who allegedly tried to storm the cockpit of a Jet2 flight has been charged with assault.
Chloe Haines, 26, will appear in court later this month accused of causing the mid-air panic, Essex Police said.
The pilot of the June 22 flight to Dalaman was forced to return to Stansted Airport after a hijack alert.
An RAF fighter response also responded to the mayday call – causing a sonic boom over the area.
Two RAF Typhoons were scrambled from RAF Coningsby, Lincs, to intercept the Airbus 321 – which was packed with Brit holidaymakers.
Photos showed Haines lying down in the aisle of the plane’s cabin before she was arrested on the Stansted runway.
She allegedly had to be restrained by passengers and crew, witnesses claimed.
Jet2 later fined Haines £85,000 and banned her from flying with the airline for life.
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UK-bound passengers waiting for the return flight in Dalaman had to stay there overnight and return to the airport the next day.
Haines, of High Wycombe, Bucks, is also charged with “recklessly acting in a manner likely to endanger an aircraft or persons inside”.
She will appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on October 29.
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