Investigation Follows Gavin Henson's Suspension After Flybe Flight

Posted: 1/04/2012 08:47 Updated: 1/04/2012 09:01   PA

Gavin Henson Air Rage

An airline has launched an investigation into an incident on a plane that led to Wales rugby star Gavin Henson being suspended by his club.

Henson, 30, who joined Cardiff Blues in October last year, was suspended after an incident on a flight from Glasgow back to the Welsh capital on Friday night.

A Cardiff Blues spokesman said he was suspended "with immediate effect" following the incident, which came after their match against Glasgow Warriors.

The spokesman added: "The Cardiff Blues management team will meet first thing Monday morning to discuss the matter further."

Later, airline Flybe said it was carrying out its own investigation.

"With regard to flight BE3431 from Glasgow to Cardiff on March 31, Flybe can confirm that it is gathering information from its own staff as well as those at both airports and will make no further comment at this time," a spokeswoman said.

Henson was a wing replacement in the 31-3 defeat by Glasgow on Friday.

He signed for Cardiff Blues in October on an eight-month contract and they became his fourth club in the space of 12 months after brief spells with Saracens and Toulon in the wake of his departure from the Ospreys.

At the time, he said: "I've been saying I wanted to play back in Wales and I'm glad of the opportunity that Cardiff Blues have given me.

"I just want to do everything I can to make them happy and enjoy my rugby. I'm glad I've signed here."

Henson, who has 33 caps to his name, toured New Zealand with the British Lions in 2005.

Henson is also well known outside of rugby after a long-term relationship with singer Charlotte Church, in which they had two children together. They split two years ago.

He has also appeared on reality TV shows 71 Degrees North, Strictly Come Dancing and The Bachelor.

Later, airline Flybe said it was carrying out its own investigation.

"With regard to flight BE3431 from Glasgow to Cardiff on March 31, Flybe can confirm that it is gathering information from its own staff as well as those at both airports and will make no further comment at this time," a spokeswoman said.

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