Edinburgh crime: Men charged with ‘a number of offences’ following disturbance on Ryanair flight to Lanzarote

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An Edinburgh flight to Lanzarote was forced to return to Edinburgh Airport following a ‘disturbance’ that saw three men arrested.

Ryainair flight RK5593 departed Edinburgh for the popular holiday destination at around 4.20pm on Friday, July 5, but returned to the capital shortly into the flight.  

Two men aged 22 and a 21-year-old were arrested. Police said two of the men, a 22-year-old and 21-year-old were ‘charged with a number of offences’ and the third man, a 22-year-old, was released without charge.

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Global flight tracking website, Flight Radar 24 shows the plane began to circle back as it approached Ayr on the southwest coast before returning to Edinburgh Airport. Ryanair advised the ‘disruptive passengers’ were removed from the plane by police and the flight continued to Lanzarote.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We were made aware of a disturbance on board a flight which had departed from Edinburgh Airport during the afternoon of Friday, 5 July.

“The aircraft returned to Edinburgh and three men, 22, 22 and 21, were arrested. One of the 22-year-olds and the 21-year-old were charged with a number of offences and will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal. The other 22-year-old was released without charge.”

A spokesperson for Ryanair said: “This flight from Edinburgh to Lanzarote returned to Edinburgh shortly after take-off as three passengers became disruptive inflight. Crew called ahead for police assistance, who met the aircraft upon return to Edinburgh Airport and removed these disruptive passengers, before the flight continued to Lanzarote.”

They added: “We sincerely apologise to passengers for any inconvenience caused as a result of these disruptive passengers.”