A drunk passenger aboard an Aeroflot flight in Russia broke a flight attendant’s leg and attacked pilots before he was restrained and arrested on Tuesday.
“An incident took place in board of Aeroflot SU1307 flight from Novosibirsk to Moscow, May 14, due to the destructive behavior of one passenger,” the airline said a statement. “Having got on board with signs of alcohol intoxication, the man has violated the rules of behaving on board Aeroflot planes.”
The 36-year-old passenger boarded the 10:30 a.m. flight, clearly intoxicated. He attempted to board the flight while smoking a cigarette. During the boarding process, he attacked a flight attendant who told him to put out his cigarette. The flight attendant was reportedly pushed into the cockpit of the plane, falling and breaking his leg. The passenger then tried to attack the two pilots of the Boeing 737.
“These three crew members resisted and managed [to] block the hooligan, and to pass him into the hands of police,” a police spokesperson told The Mirror.
“It is hard to fly Aeroflot when you are sober,” the man told police after he had been arrested, according to The Daily Mail, referring to a fiery emergency landing in March that killed 41 passengers.
The flight was delayed by 20 minutes due to the incident.
The man was arrested and charged with “air hooliganism” and violence. He faces up to six years in prison. He has been blacklisted from any future Aeroflot flights.
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