Cricketer tried to open plane door at 35,000ft while looking for toilet

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A statement released by Sri Lanka Cricket revealed the cricketer who had attempted to open a cabin door of a British Airways flight bound to London.The statement said that a Sri Lanka A Team cricketer had mistakenly tried to open one of the cabin doors of the British Airways aircraft, thinking it was the door to the toilet.

Full statement:

Further to the earlier Press Release on the above subject, the Team Manager Mr. Jayantha Seneviratne submitted a report to the CEO on the above incident.

According to the report, the Team has boarded the flight BA 2158 from Greneda around 5 pm on the 30th of June 2013 to London. The incident took place around midnight during the flight. The  player concerned namely Ramith Rambukwella had tried to use the toilet.  Due to the dim lights in the cabin the player has mistakenly  tried to open one of the cabin doors thinking it was the toilet door . At that moment certain passengers had brought to his notice that he is trying to access the incorrect door. At this point the officials of the Sri Lankan team too walked up to the player and directed him the right way. The player apologized profusely to the passengers and to the  cabin staff who accepted it in good faith.

An inquiry will be conducted based on the Managers Report and disciplinary action will be taken on the player concerned if found fault.

Meanwhile the Daily Mail UK reported  that A ‘drunken’ Sri Lankan cricketer tried to open the cabin door of a British Airways plane flying at 10,700m (35,00 ft) after he mistook it for the toilet passengers aboard   as stating.

Recruitment consultant Charlene Francis, 26, of London, who was travelling on the plane with one-year-old daughter TJ,told: ‘Suddenly he came over and tried to open the cabin door several times. It went on for a few minutes. He was pulling quite heavily.

‘It was very scary. He looked very dazed or drunk. Some of his teammates were shouting and telling him to stop. He seemed quite disorientated.

‘Somebody said the team had been drinking for four hours before they got on the plane,’ she added.

A BA spokesman said Rambukwella had apologised to passengers and cabin crew for his mistake ‘who accepted it in good faith.’

He went to say: ‘There was a minor incident onboard the BA2158 service from St Lucia to Gatwick involving a customer who we believe had been drinking’

He added: ‘It is impossible to open an aircraft door when it is at high altitude and at no point was the aircraft in any danger.

‘Our cabin crew are highly trained to deal with such incidents and offered re-assurance to customers who were sitting near to the door.’

BA said it informed security on the ground but police were not called or involved in the incident.

The Sri Lanka A team was travelling back home, via England, after being defeated by the West Indies in a five-match one-day series.

ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩකයෙක් ගුවනේ දොරටු සොයයි……

ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් කණ්ඩායම එංගලන්තය බලා පියාසර කරමින් සිටියදී එක් ක්‍රීඩකයෙකු ගුවන් යානයේ දොරටුවක් විවෘත කිරීමට උත්සාහ කළ බවට බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය ගුවන් සේවාව උපුටා දක්වමින් එරට මාධ්‍ය අද වාර්තා කළේ ය. ගුවන් යානය බටහිර ඉන්දීය කොදෙව් දූපත්හි ශාන්ත ලුසියා ගුවන්තොටුපොළේ සිට ලන්ඩන් ගේට්වික් ගුවන් තොටුපොළ දක්වා පැමිණි එකක් බව ද එහි සඳහන් ය. අදාළ ක්‍රීඩකයා එම අවස්ථාවේ බීමතින් සිට ඇති බවත් විනාඩි දෙකක පමණ කාලයක් දොරටුව විවෘත කිරීමට උත්සාහ දරා ඇති බවත් එම වෙබ් අඩවිය වාර්තා කර තිබේ.

අඩි 35,000ක් ඉහළ අහසේදී මෙය සිදුව ඇති අතර එම අවස්ථාවේ යානයේ මගීන් 229 දෙනෙකු ගමන් කරමින් සිට තිබේ.කොසේවෙතත් ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් ආයතනයේ මාධ්‍ය කළමනාකරු රංජිත් ප්‍රනාන්දු මහතාගෙන් මේ පිළිබඳ විමසීමක් කළ අතර ඔහු පැවසූවේ, එවැන්නක් සම්බන්ධයෙන් ක්‍රිකට් ආයතනයට තවමත් තොරතුරු වාර්තා වී නොමැති බව ය.

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