A WOMAN passenger sank her teeth into an airline pilot’s arm while her mother kicked him as the pair ‘tussled’ on the cockpit floor, a court heard.
The bust-up happened after Henrietta Mitaiare, 23, and her mum Mary Roberts, 53, had flown into Heathrow from Zurich, Switzerland, magistrates were told.
Mitaiare, of Kensington, west London, had earlier argued with two female staff members at the boarding gate when they said her child’s buggy had to go in the aircraft’s hold. She claimed it was ‘too expensive’ and rowed with them until finally agreeing, the court heard.
But after the Swiss Air flight landed, Mitaiare approached cabin manager Ali Chkerdaa and demanded the names of the women to make a complaint.
Captain Guido Keel intervened and Mitaiare allegedly told him he had ‘nothing to do with it’. She accused him of being racist — ‘like all Swiss people’ — and pointed her phone at him, saying she was ‘going to put everything live on Facebook’.
She then shoved him back into the cockpit and the two fell to the floor, Uxbridge magistrates were told.
Roberts, of Fulham, south-west London, allegedly pushed past Mr Chkerdaa shouting ‘get off my baby’ before kicking the captain. As the cabin manager tried to pull her off, she bit his finger.
She was eventually restrained by Mr Chkerdaa and a member of ground staff who pulled her jacket over her head. Police, who had boarded the plane, then led Roberts and her daughter away.
Roberts and Mitaiare both deny assault by beating. The trial continues.