British man, 40, is arrested at Heathrow as woman claims she was raped in United Airlines First Class cabin on flight from New York
- The alleged victim claims she was attacked on a flight from Newark to London
- According to reports, the man is alleged to have raped her while others slept
- A 40-year-old man was arrested when the plane arrived to London’s Heathrow
- The Metropolitan Police has launched an investigation into the alleged rape
A British man has been arrested after a fellow passenger claimed she was raped in the first class cabin on a transatlantic overnight flight.
The alleged victim, also British, claims she was attacked while others slept on the flight from Newark, New Jersey to London’s Heathrow airport.
She complained to cabin crew of the United Airlines flight saying a man had forced her to have sex with him, according to The Sun.
A British man has been arrested after he allegedly raped a fellow passenger in first class on a United Airlines flight flying from Newark, New Jersey to London’s Heathrow airport
Cabin crew called ahead to London police to report the incident, and Metropolitan Police officers boarded the plane to arrest a 40-year-old man after it had landed at the airport’s Terminal 2 around 6.30am on Monday last week.
The woman, also 40, was taken by police to a rape counseling facility and was interviewed by officers who specialize in rape cases.
Meanwhile, officers conducted a search of the luxury cabin while the man – who was arrested on suspicion of rape – was taken into custody at Heathrow police station.
There, officers took scans of his finger prints, a mugshot and DNA samples. He has since been released under investigation, with an inquiry on-going.
The judgment and investigation was confirmed by a spokesman for the Metropolitan police, The Sun reported.
The alleged victim, also British, claims she was attacked while others slept on the flight from Newark, New Jersey to London’s Heathrow airport. She complained to cabin crew of the United Airlines flight saying the man had forced her to have sex with him, according to The Sun
According to the newspaper, sources said the two people were sitting in different rows in the cabin, in which return-flight tickets cost as much as £3,000.
They appeared to be strangers, but during the flight had been talking with each other and drinking together at the bar in the cabin’s lounge.
‘The parties were apparently unknown to each other beforehand but had apparently been seen talking to each other and drinking during the flight,’ the source said.
Speaking to The Sun, the source praised the police for taking the woman’s accusation seriously, and confirmed officers had examined the location on the plane the alleged attack had taken place.