A British passenger was arrested by Greek police after attacking the pilot and causing carnage on the plane, which flew from the UK to Greece on Tuesday evening.
The fight broke out shortly after a Wizz Air flight from London’s Gatwick airport touched down in Chania, Crete, with the British man allegedly punching other travelers and the pilot, the British tabloid The Sun reports.
Tourists said the culprit and his friend were smoking and vaping throughout the journey and threatening fellow travelers. They became intoxicated before even boarding.
The passenger’s anger boiled over when he was told he would be escorted to the airport by police, witnesses said.
Drunk passenger attacks pilot
The “disgraceful” commotion caused the pilot to come out of his cockpit in attempt to calm the angry passenger down.
Witnesses claim he was punched by the passenger with screams heard from horrified onlookers.
Footage shared on social media depicts the brawl unfolding in the aisle of the plane, with eyewitnesses claiming the pilot was thumped in the scuffle.
The man was dragged off the flight by police with his trousers around his ankles, witnesses said.
A scheduled return flight to the UK had to be canceled while blood was being cleared up.
A spokesman for Wizz Air said: “On Wizz Air flight W95741 from Gatwick to 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.
Unfortunately, this meant that flight W95742 from Chania to Gatwick had to be rescheduled. The flight departed at 16:10 local time.
“Wizz Air sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience caused, but the safety of passengers and crew is the airline’s number one priority,” it was announced.