Violent brawl on board of the Middle East Airways flight prompts emergency landing


A fight between two men on a plane flying from Beirut, Lebanon to London forced the pilot to make an emergency landing in Istanbul on Wednesday evening.

The brawl was captured on a mobile phone camera and shows the two occupants – a younger man and an older man argument before raining blows on each other.

Another passenger filmed the height of scrap, which took place on Wednesday, during a Middle Eastern Airways flight, according to Ya Libnan.

A passenger, who asked to remain anonymous, told The Sun: “It all started when the old man started shouting and swearing at a passenger and his wife and then he beat that passenger.

“When a flight attendant tried to break it off and that old man pushed her violently, another flight attendant came to help and the man hit her.

“This is when the young man in the video was involved and tried to stop the old man.

“Most of the passengers were really scared of the man, he was violent, swearing extremely filthy things constantly. He was really scary.

“The old man called the flight attendant a dirty names and he kept saying he f*** everyone. I remember the young man screaming at him to say that as soon as we land the police will take you, and then the old man replied, ‘I am gonna f*** you and f*** the police’.”

“After about 15 minutes everyone calmed down and went back to their place.

“The old man then asked to go to the toilet and he ran to the young man and that is where the video starts.

“The plane landed in Istanbul and four security members were on the plane and took the old man out. The young man was very polite and he was a hero. Everyone was happy that they took the old man as he was very abusive and scary for everyone.”

The footage shows the fighting men eventually being separated by crew members and the older man is transferred to the other end of the plane.


Witnesses say that the elderly man was involved in an altercation with an air hostess for attacking her, so another passenger rushed to her defense and the two men came to blows, LBCI television reported.

The aircraft is the pilot in command decided to make an emergency landing at the airport of Istanbul, where the older man was arrested, the TV network reported.

This story originally appeared on The Sun.

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