Pilot-steward fight holds up Saudia flight

Last updated 08:34, August 18 2014

A spat between a pilot and a cabin crew member grounded a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight bound for Madinah, Saudi Arabia from Cairo, Egypt for six hours.

The verbal argument between the steward and the flight’s captain soon turned violent when the two engaged in a fistfight.

"The fight took place as the plane was about to take off," said Col Mutaz Youssef, duty head of the airport police.

The steward sustained hand injuries and was treated on the spot in the presence of security personnel, while the pilot was injured in his eye and transferred to a nearby hospital.

Flight attendants from Cairo evacuated the 153 unhurt passengers from the plane and kept them in the transit hall until Saudia administration in Jeddah sent another team on a plane leaving from Jeddah to Cairo three hours after the Madinah-bound plane was due to take off.

The flight finally took off six hours after its scheduled departure time.

MCT

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