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Air France flight made emergency landing in Bulgaria over disruptive passenger

SOFIA (Reuters) – An Air France flight en route from Paris to New Delhi made an emergency landing at Sofia Airport in Bulgaria on Friday at about 5 p.m. (1500 GMT) because of a disruptive passenger, Bulgarian officials said on Saturday.

The passenger, an Indian citizen, began to act up soon after take-off, quarrelling with other passengers, assaulting a flight attendant and pummeling the cockpit’s door, said Ivailo Angelov, an official at the National Investigation Agency.

His aggressive behaviour prompted the flight’s commander to seek an emergency landing in Sofia. The man, whose name was not revealed, was taken off the aircraft and has been charged with endangering flight safety. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.

The Air France flight resumed its journey to New Delhi.

“We are investigating both his actions and his motives,” Angelov told reporters. “There is no reasonable explanation for his behaviour,” Angelov said.

(Reporting by Tsvetelia Tsolova; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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3 Comments

  • Wanthana pornanek
    Posted March 7, 2021 at 10:22 am
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    This passenger deserves a real punishment, he is terrified of others, he should not fly again for the rest of his life. He created such chaos that the commander made an emergency landing, wasting other passengers\’ time. Thanks to the captain for the aviation news.

  • Gloria Hernandez
    Posted March 7, 2021 at 12:36 pm
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    It’s sad to say that even in our airline there passengers whom don’t know how to act especially when they start drinking before a flight or take substances these people should not fly at all. Thank you for sharing this interesting article pilotAmireh.

  • Gamikos
    Posted March 7, 2021 at 4:50 pm
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    You didn’t have to specify passenger’s nationality…
    It is common secret in the aviation world that most of the incidents happened on board by passengers worldwide, are either from Indians or Pakistani passengers!
    Cheers!

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