Drunken Brawl Forces Virgin Jet to Make Emergency Landing
The fight at 30,000 feet allegedly also involved the man's wife and father-in-law.
The pilot of the Boeing 747-400 diverted the plane to Gander, Newfoundland, "owing to a passenger behaving in a disruptive manner onboard," according to a statement from the airline.
The flight, VS74, was bound for Manchester, UK, with 451 passengers and 17 crew.
Canadian police met the plane when it landed. Virgin says a passenger was arrested and charged. The Daily Mail identifies the man as 44-year-old Roy Anthony Heaps.
Heaps' relatives were believed to have continued with the rest of the passengers on to Manchester, after a nearly three-hour delay.
Virgin says in its statement, "The safety of our passengers and crew is of paramount importance. Disruptive passengers are rare on Virgin Atlantic flights but like all other British airlines we take such behavior very seriously. We will not tolerate disruptive behavior by passengers on board any of our aircraft and always report it to the authorities."
Carrier officials declined to comment further saying a police investigation is underway.
But passengers are talking about the incident, including on an aviation website, according to the Daily Mail.
"The turbulence had been bad and when told we had to land urgently, with no explanation, myself and my family were absolutely terrified and were convinced we were about to die. We had no knowledge of the unruly passenger," one man writes.
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