China investigating in-air brawl between pilot, steward

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China’s aviation regulator is investigating a reported fistfight between the captain and chief steward aboard a home passenger flight final month.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China stated it took the reported incident extraordinarily critically and was accumulating additional info. Any incident endangering flight security can be “dealt with strictly under the law,” stated the assertion issued late Monday.

Chinese media reviews stated the in-air brawl occurred on a February 20 Donghai Airlines flight. The captain turned offended after rising from the lavatory to discover a first-class passenger ready instantly exterior, and accused the steward of not fulfilling his duties by requiring the passenger to attend of their seat.

The two then exchanged blows, leaving the steward with a damaged hand and the captain a chipped tooth, in keeping with the reviews.

The flight was about 50 minutes from its vacation spot on the central metropolis of Xi’an after departing from the coastal metropolis of Nantong close to Shanghai.

In a press release, Donghai Airlines apologized and stated it was reviewing security protocols. It stated these concerned within the incident had been suspended from responsibility, however didn’t say in the event that they had been nonetheless employed by the corporate and gave no particulars concerning the altercation.

China’s fast-growing aviation sector has a powerful security report, though there have been earlier incidents of passengers opening emergency exits whereas ready for takeoff, brawling with workers onboard or on the gate and even tossing cash into the jet engine inlet, allegedly for good luck.

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