Police have removed a ‘disruptive’ passenger from a Ryanair flight after the plane was forced to divert. Witnesses claim the man was intoxicated and said he ‘kicked off for no reason’.
A number of off-duty police officers who were on board the flight from Manchester Airport to Madrid were forced to intervene after cabin crew called for help mid-flight. The incident caused an 80-minute delay for passengers before the plane continued to Malaga from Madrid.
The airline has since apologized to all affected passengers, describing the delay as “out of our control”. An image provided by a passenger on the plane shows the moment Spanish police officers climbed into the cabin, Manchester Evening News reports.
A Ryanair spokesman said the captain had called ahead to ‘request the assistance of the Guardia Civil’ upon arrival in Madrid and said the passenger was then ‘removed from the plane’. The flight was jet FR3232 Thursday at 10:00 a.m. from Manchester Airport to Malaga.
A holidaymaker who witnessed the tragedy said the man ‘went off’ with another passenger for ‘no reason’. They said: “It was a man who was drunk. He kicked another passenger for no apparent reason.
“Some off-duty Merseyside police accidentally took him to the back of the plane – then we were turned away. The off-duty police really helped the cabin crew, who made an announcement asking for help.”
The passenger also shared an image of Guardia Civil officers and vehicles on the tarmac in Madrid after the plane landed. “Everyone was pretty nice at the end, but obviously not happy about a massive delay in their journey,” they added.
Ryanair first said Manchester evening news two passengers were removed from the flight. In an updated statement, Ryanair said: “This flight from Manchester to Malaga has been diverted to Madrid after a passenger became disruptive during the flight.
“The crew called ahead to request assistance from the Guardia Civil upon arrival in Madrid. The plane landed normally and this passenger was removed from the plane.
“The flight continued to Malaga after an 80-minute delay. Ryanair apologizes to the affected passengers for this delay beyond our control.”
The Manchester Evening News has contacted the Guardia Civil for further comment.
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