Soap drinking British passenger sentenced

Posted May 21, 2009, at 2:12 p.m.

BANGOR – A British woman who was taken off a London-bound plane last month was sentenced on Thursday to time served after pleading guilty to three charges of assault.

Galina Rusanova, 54, of London entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Bangor.

Rusanova allegedly mixed prescription drugs and wine before drinking liquid hand soap and attacking flight attendants on a flight that left Los Angeles on April 29.

She was originally charged with interference with a flight crew and assault after the plane on which she was a passenger was diverted to Bangor about 9 p.m. She was arrested the next morning after spending the night at Eastern Maine Medical Center for observation, according to court documents.

In addition to hitting, kicking and punching flight attendants who tried to control her, Rusanova fell to the ground, began “snapping like a dog” and tried to bite the leg of a crew member, according to court documents.

She had been in incarcerated since her arrest 21 days ago.

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