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Iraqi Airways pilots suspended after a fight in the cockpit at 37,000 feet

The flight was on its way from Mashhad, Iran, to Baghdad, Iraq, when the two pilots allegedly got into a heated discussion about a food-tray.

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Two Iraqi Airways pilots have been suspended after an argument turned physical in the cockpit at 37,000 feet in the air, The Independent reported.

The Wednesday flight was on its way from Mashhad, Iran, to Baghdad, Iraq, carrying 157 passengers when the two pilots allegedly got into a heated discussion about a food tray, the publication reported.

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In a letter to Iraqi Airways management, as reported by The Independent, the co-pilot said, “the Conversation with the pilot, was heated because he forbade an air hostess brings me a meal tray, under the pretext that I had not asked him for permission.”

According to the letter, the pilot “slammed and insulted [the co-pilot], in which the arrival of a security agent,” who came to break up the fight.

As soon as the plane landed, the two continued to argue and “the pilot again struck and offended” the co-pilot, the letter claims.

The co-pilot said that the pilot, who claimed that he “had to defend [him]self.”

The plane landed safely in Baghdad and no passenger injuries reported.

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Iraqi Airways confirmed to The Independent last week that both men are being investigated by the airline and the face of a possible lifetime flying ban if found guilty.

“The ministry of transport, public works and water management has a research set up with the two pilots arguing with each other on the flight,” the airline said in a statement.

Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.

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