Man Pleads Guilty to Setting the Lavatory on Fire

In September 2015 Monarch Airlines flight ZB-472 from Birmingham in the UK to Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt had a fire emergency while enroute.

There crew extinguished the fire in the lavatory of the Airbus A321, and then another fire started which was also extinguished by crew. The flight continued and landed safely.

The aircraft had to be taken out of service. The return flight was postponed a day while a new aircraft was flown in.


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Now we have answers and an end to the incident. Passenger John Cox has pleaded guilty to setting the fire.

In reports at the time, it was claimed Cox was smoking in the toilet and verbally abused crew and other passengers.

…set fire to onboard toilets deliberately while also smoking and abusing the cabin crew, terrifying crew and passengers.

He’ll be sentenced for reckless arson after a psychiatric evaluation, but will likely receive jail time in the U.K. He has been banned from air travel pending March 10th sentencing.

In 1985, Mötley Crüe of course covered the Brownsville Station hit…

Mr. Cox, on behalf of Monarch Airlines and your fellow passengers,

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