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'Drunk' Sri Lanka cricketer tries to open plane door

The cricketer allegedly caused panic on the jet as he tugged away at the door for two minutes, after mistaking it for the toilet on the Boeing 777, which was carrying 229 passengers across the Atlantic.

The incident took place as the Sri Lankan team flew overnight from Grenada in the Caribbean to London after taking part in a tri-nations one-day tournament in the West Indies.

The BA plane arrived safely at Gatwick on Monday morning and the team then boarded another flight taking them back to Sri Lanka.

According to the Daily Telegraph the man "was among a group of cricketers wearing the blue Sri Lankan polo-shirt with their country's name in yellow lettering".

One of the passengers, Charlene Francis said: "It was pretty frightening. Suddenly he came over and tried to open the cabin door several times. It went on for a few minutes. He was pulling quite heavily.

"Some of his team-mates were shouting and telling him to stop. Somebody said they had been drinking for four hours before they got on the plane."

She added that the drama took place towards the end of the flight and that the player appeared "dazed or drunk".

According to the Daily Mail: "Officials confirmed witness accounts that the man at the centre of the drunken escapade was a Sri Lankan cricketer but declined to name him."

The airline confirmed that a passenger on the plane had "tried to open the aircraft door in midflight" after mistaking it for a toilet. BA stressed that it was impossible to open aircraft doors midflight.

"The event was linked to an element of alcohol. He explained his mistake and cabin crew accepted it in good faith," said a spokesman. · 

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