Dutch Air Force escorts Abu Dhabi flight in to land after on-board brawl

Dutch Air Force escorts Abu Dhabi flight in to land after on-board brawl
Published: 7 October 2018 - 6:39 a.m.
By: Logistics Middle East Staff

The Dutch Air Force scrambled two F-16 fighter jets to escort a flight from Abu Dhabi into Amsterdam over the weekend after an on-board fight broke out, according to authorities.

"A 29-year-old American man became aggressive after being asked by a purser to return to his seat," said Joanna Helmonds, a spokesperson for the gendarmerie, which also serves as the country's border police.

"A scuffle broke out and the cabin crew, together with other passengers managed to restrain the man," she told news agency AFP.

Helmonds declined to name the airline or flight, but according to local media reports it was a KLM Airbus A330-200.

A number of passengers were slightly wounded including two passengers who were given black eyes, Helmonds added.

The KLM airliner was given special clearance to land immediately at Schiphol airport with police arresting the man shortly afterwards.

Helmonds said the man was examined at the airport and officers determined that he came across as disorientated.

The man has been admitted to a psychiatric institution for observation, she said.

Although on high alert, Dutch fighter jets — which are armed with air-to-air missiles — are only scrambled in highly unusual cases, the Dutch air force said on Saturday.

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