A plane flying to Tenerife from the northwest had to make a sudden diversion to Lisbon following a violent mid-flight altercation.
Portuguese police were forced to board the Ryanair flight from Liverpool to the Canary Islands following a “bloodstained” scuffle that broke out on board, resulting in the displacement of a male passenger.
Ryanair flight FR4346 took off from Liverpool Airport at 6:29 a.m. on Friday October 16 and was due to land at Tenerife South Airport at 10:40 a.m. on a healthy day,
However, the flight was rerouted to Lisbon after a passenger became disruptive during the flight and had to be forcibly removed.
Airplane trackers show how the Ryanair jet made a sharp left turn over the Atlantic Ocean to land in Lisbon at 9:36 a.m.
Ryanair told our sister site echo of liverpool that the passenger was abducted by the police before the flight continued to the Canary Islands.
However, they declined to comment on further details of the incident.
A spokesperson for the low cost airline said: This flight from Liverpool to Tenerife (October 16) was rerouted to Lisbon after a passenger became a disruptor in flight.
“The plane landed normally and the passenger was removed by police on arrival before the plane continued to Tenerife.”
Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Lisbon Police did not respond to requests for comment.
A passenger, who was on the rerouted flight, said passengers cheered when the troublemaker was abducted by local police.
Describing what happened, he said: “There were screams and then screams from the back of the plane and the flight attendants ran to the back of the plane.”
The man, who wished to remain anonymous, added that things “ calmed down ” before an altercation occurred.
As the plane landed in Lisbon, the passenger said the plane’s door was opened and about five Portuguese police officers came on board.
He added: “The passengers applauded as they left the plane [and] someone shouted “ you’re not that brave now so you are ” …
“The stewards were fantastic and handled the situation calmly, all thanks to them.”
Anthony Ainsworth of Tuebrook was on the return flight as a member of the same cabin crew spoke to customers about the spectacular arrival flight.
He told ECHO: “One of the cabin crew started talking to one of the flight customers …
“The air commissioner said he had become erratic by then and there had been an altercation and a lot of blood spattered.
“They calmed the situation down and tied him to the front where he fell asleep.
“They then had to land the plane in Portugal.”
Anthony added that on his flight home a member of the cabin crew had blood on his shirt.
Ryanair said local police are now dealing with the incident.
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