Date
20 January 2017
A spokesman for Air Canada confirmed that an incident occurred during the flight but refused to give details. Photo: Bloomberg
A spokesman for Air Canada confirmed that an incident occurred during the flight but refused to give details. Photo: Bloomberg

Air Canada flight turns back after man, stewardess brawl

An Air Canada plane bound for Toronto was forced to return to Beijing less than two hours after take-off after a Chinese male passenger and a female flight attendant got into a physical fight in mid-flight, Apple Daily reported.

An airline spokesman confirmed the incident occurred but did not specify what happened on the plane.

The AC32 flight took off at 6:30 pm from Beijing Capital International Airport on Tuesday but suddenly turned south above the Sino-Russian border a quarter past 8 pm. It landed in Beijing at 11:18 pm.

According to airport police, the flight headed back because a business class passenger with Chinese passport got into an argument with a flight attendant who served him a meal, and it soon turned physical.

The chief pilot decided to turn back to Beijing as the man remained emotional even after he was subdued.

It was said that the pilot had requested Japan to allow an emergency landing but received a rejection.

Police denied media reports that the man had tried to harass the flight attendant.

After the plane landed in Beijing, police arrested the man.

It was understood that the man was penalized with a 10-day detention and a fine of 500 yuan (US$78.22).

Most of other passengers were booked to hotels near the airport for an overnight stay and a flight to Toronto the following day.

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