A VIOLENT fight between two passengers forced a plane carrying 200 people from Zurich to Beijing to turn back at the weekend after more than six hours in the air, the airline Swiss said. |
A pilot was forced to turn around a plane after passengers became involved in a violent fight. Picture: Thinkstock
"The two passengers were handed over to the police of the canton of Zurich after the Airbus A340 landed Sunday evening,'' Mehdi Guenin, spokesman for the airline, said.
According to the online edition of Swiss-German daily Blick, the two passengers were Chinese citizens, aged 27 and 57.
They are set to be interrogated by police today.
The plane was just east of Moscow when the pilot decided to turn it around, according to the spokesman, who said the pilot had opted to head back to Zurich instead of making an emergency landing in Moscow to avoid administrative difficulties.
Swiss put up the plane's 200 passengers at a Zurich hotel, before placing them on Beijing flights with other companies, since its own flight to the Chinese capital was already fully booked.
A spokesman for Zurich police said alcohol had played a role in the fight.