A British man punched a Wizz Air pilot amid a mass brawl that broke out on flight W95741, which had been traveling from Gatwick, UK to Crete, Greece. The incident took place Tuesday, according to The Mirror. At the center of the fight were two men, each thought to be 30-something and from London‘s Bermondsey district.
The men had allegedly been behaving aggressively during the flight and boasting to other passengers about having consumed a lot of alcohol. The chaos erupted after the flight had landed, when one of the men was told he would be escorted off the aircraft by law enforcement due to his poor behavior on the flight.
The pilot was hit when he intervened and attempted to calm the man down. The man and his companions attacked the pilot in a scene that has been described by other passengers as “complete and utter chaos.” In a video that was posted online, people aboard the flight, including children, can be heard screaming fearfully.
A passenger stated that the pilot, though shaken up, was okay. Another said that prior to the brawl, the men had been abusing others on the plane throughout the flight and bragged that they had been “drinking since 10 a.m. before they began smoking on the flight.”
A spokesperson for Wizz Air said, “On Wizz Air flight W95741 from Gatwick – Chania, a passenger became unruly. The cabin crew handled the situation as they are trained to do and reported the incident to the respective authorities, who arrested the passenger on arrival.”
“Wizz Air confirms that crew were asked to go to the airport police station to file the case, by which point the crew had legally reached their duty time limitation, and needed time to rest before the return flight to Gatwick.”