Cabin Crew and passengers restrained a man who threatened to open one of the plane’s doors during a Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt to Belgrade, the German airline has confirmed.
Serbian authorities arrested the man from Jordan, who was also in possession of an American airport, when the plane landed in Belgrade.
Some of the passengers who subdued the man included members of a Serbian handball team and had kept the man restrained for the rest of the flight.
According to Serbia’s public broadcaster RTS, passengers said the suspect got up mid-flight and had banged on the cockpit door, demanding to be let in.
He then threatened to bring the plane down and had apparently cried out that he wished to join Allah along with all the passengers.
It is reported that the incident happened as the plane was flying above Austria.
“A passenger got up and tried to do something at the door, but was stopped by crew members and other passengers,” said Lufthansa spokesman Andreas Bartels.
“The passenger was then restrained for the remainder of the flight in his seat and handed over to the authorities in Belgrade.”
Mr Bartels, stressed that the door the man was trying to open was not to the cockpit.
“It was a normal door, which of course cannot be opened in-flight… it was not the cockpit door,” he said.
“The safety of the flight was not jeopardised and the flight landed safely in Belgrade.”
The suspect is being held in pre-trial detention on the grounds of endangering public safety.
[Source: The Telegraph]
By: Lincoln Kyle September (firstname.lastname@example.org)