Friday’s Air France flight from Paris to Delhi, India made an emergency landing in Sofia, Bulgaria when a passenger began arguing with those around him shortly after takeoff and assaulted a flight attendant.
The man is maskless. The flight attendant to puts up his fists, preparing to box, has his mask down beneath his nose. I can make out shouting about [Indian Prime Minister Narendra] Modi, cabin crew telling people to sit down, and a woman with an Indian accent asking the man in English, “What the F- is wrong with you?”
The man had originated in Accra, Ghana and was connecting in Paris. He didn’t have any reported issues on the first leg of his trip.
Air France flight AF226 diverted in order to remove and arrest the passenger. It spent 2 hours and 1 minute on the ground before continuing its journey to India.
The man is facing charges of endangering the safety of an aircraft while airborne, and faces up to 10 years of imprisonment if convicted. He has been provided with a court-appointed lawyer, an interpreter and consular assistance from the Indian embassy in Bulgaria.