Mother and daughter accused of attacking Swiss Air pilot and biting him

A mother and daughter attacked a pilot after pushing him into his cockpit and biting him in a row over a buggy, a court heard today.

Henrietta Mitaiare, 23, and her mother Mary Roberts, 53, flew with Swiss Air from Zurich to London Heathrow on May 2 last year. 

Before the flight left Switzerland, Mitaiare got into an argument with airport staff after they said her child's buggy had to go into the hold.

She was forced to accept she couldn't keep it with her and the two women and the child boarded the plane, Uxbridge Magistrates Court was told.

But when they landed in London, Mitaiare demanded to know the names of the women she had spoken to so she could make a complaint.

When Captain Guido Keel intervened to say they could take his name, Mitaiare said it was 'nothing to do with him' and shoved him into his cockpit, the court heard. 

A physical altercation ensued, with Mitaiare biting him on the arm and her mother biting his finger. 

The two women are accused of assault by beating but both deny the charges.  

Henrietta Mitaiare, 23, and her mother Mary Roberts, 53, flew with Swiss Air (pictured) from Zurich to London Heathrow on May 2 last year

Henrietta Mitaiare, 23, and her mother Mary Roberts, 53, flew with Swiss Air (pictured) from Zurich to London Heathrow on May 2 last year

Magistrates in Uxbridge heard Mitaiare claimed it was 'too expensive' to put her child's buggy in the plane hold and rowed with workers until finally accepting it had to go in. 

But when Mitaiare approached Ali Chkerdaa, the cabin manager, after they landed at Heathrow, she reignited the feud and demanded to know the names of the two women on the gate to make a complaint. 

When the captain intervened to give his name, she told him he had 'nothing to do with it' and pushed him back into the cockpit, the court heard.

While the two were 'tussling' on the floor, Roberts pushed past Mr Chkerdaa shouting 'get off my baby' before kicking the captain while he was down. 

Despite efforts from Mr Chkerdaa and ground staff, the fight couldn't be broken up until police officers arrived. 

Arlene De Silva, prosecuting, said: 'This is an incident that took place on a Swiss Air flight which boarded at Zurich and landed at Heathrow.

'The defendant, Miss Mitaiare, initially approached the manager about her bringing a buggy and questioning why she couldn't have her buggy on the plane. 

'When the flight landed at Heathrow she approached him again to get means of contact because she wanted to make a complaint. 

The two women are accused of assault by beating and appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates Court today (pictured) but both deny the charges

The two women are accused of assault by beating and appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates Court today (pictured) but both deny the charges

'He said he didn't have any other names and was standing next to the captain who identified himself and said he was responsible so said 'have my name.' 

'The defendant had her phone out and was starting to record the captain. 

'She shoved it at the captain, pushed him in the shoulder area while she was recording and she was saying something like 'she was black' and 'was going to put everything live on Facebook. 

'She then grabbed the captain by his hand and pushed him into the cockpit. 

'He was in the cockpit, she followed him into the cockpit there was a tussle and she ended up on top of the captain. 

'During the course of that his face was scratched his arm was scratched and she was seen to bite the captain on his arm. 

'Her mother was also travelling with her at this point. She was initially outside the cockpit but when she saw what was happening went in and

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