The lead singer of Irish band The Cranberries has been arrested following an alleged double assault on a flight from the US to the Republic of Ireland. Dolores O’Riordan was detained after an air hostess was reportedly attacked on an Aer Lingus flight from New York to Shannon, County Clare, on Monday. Irish police were called to meet the aircraft and during the course of the arrest, a policeman was also assaulted. The air hostess was taken to hospital but the officer was not seriously hurt. The flight, from JFK Airport, landed at Shannon at about 05:30 GMT. A police spokesman said a woman in her early 40s was being questioned at Shannon Garda (police) station. The Aer Lingus staff member was brought to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick for treatment.
UPDATE – “Dolores O’Riordan has been discharged from hospital and released without charge from police custody”.
Una testimone ha dichiarato: “I was in sitting in economy with my husband and heard the commotion in business class. There was a woman standing up and she was shouting. It was about 20 minutes before landing but to be honest, we didn’t think much of it at first. It quietened down for a while and after landing it started again. We could see all this up along the aisle. We were told by the crew that there was a delay with the steps because ground staff weren’t on duty yet. Our flight was nearly and hour and a half early. When the front door was opened, some people in hi-vis jackets got on and the curtains between business and economy were closed. We could still hear the commotion. The curtains were opened a few times and at one stage we saw the woman thumping the ceiling of the plane. It was only after we got off the plane that we heard who it was. She was roaring at the cabin crew and at one stage I heard her say – ‘I pay may taxes'”.
L’Aer Lingus ha quindi diramato il seguente comunicato ufficiale: “An incident took place on board flight EI 110 en route from New York to Shannon today, Monday 10th November. The matter is being investigated by An Garda Siochana [police]. As this is a security matter we will not comment any further”.