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In-flight fight out of Sydney leaves woman’s arm broken

May 20, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59A vicious fight between a husband and wife on a flight out of Sydney last week  reportedly left a woman with a broken arm and a man with facial injuries, forcing Scoot flight TZ 001 to Singapore to make an emergency diversion to Bali.

Singapore-based Channel News Asia quoted Scoot chief executive Campbell Wilson saying that current measures were sufficient to deal with unruly passengers and disputes. He was commenting on the ruckus on Wednesday that forced the flight to divert.

Another passenger was ordered off the plane in Bali after abusing staff, the paper reported. It quoted an Australian woman who was travelling with her 12-year-old son on the flight and who related that about 90 minutes after take-off, a man came into the cabin “filled with rage” and attempted toCHR_TTR_Banner UK_March14(300x250px) open the emergency exit door, then went on to pound on the toilet door. The man was then restrained and taken to the back of the plane.

Cabin crew are said to have responded capably and immediately to the problem.

Channel News Asia quoted Scoot chief Wilson as saying: “We had some passengers on board who were doctors, or paramedics. They were able to provide medical attention, and diagnose the passengers, and the captain made the decision to divert to Denpasar where medical attention was available, which was the right decision to make.

“Clearly, it’s unfortunate the passengers were inconvenienced a few hours, but everything was done with safety, and medical well-being of people in mind.”

The man was reported to have been escorted out of the aircraft in Bali “with a drip” [presumably he was attached to a saline drip], along with his wife, “whose arm was in a sling”.

The disruption did not end there. Another man, apparently drunk, started screaming profanities at flight attendants and was escorted off the plane.

Britain’s Daily Mail quoted Sydney passenger Iris Tan, who said a request for medical assistance had been made about an hour into the flight and “ about six hours into the flight we got a notification saying we would be landing in Bali”.

The online edition of the Mail published the following statement from Scoot:

“Flight TZ001 from Sydney to Singapore was diverted to Bali because of a medical emergency. A couple (husband and wife) was, allegedly, physically fighting. As a result of the altercation, the woman suffered from a suspected broken arm and the man was also injured. Upon arrival in Bali, they were met by an ambulance.

“Separately, a third passenger became intoxicated and was being abusive on-board. The Captain offloaded the man because he was deemed to be a threat to the safety of the aircraft and passengers.”

Written by : Peter Needham

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