A pilot assaulted a flight attendant, breaking the cabin crewmember’s arm, on Donghai Airlines flight DZ6297 from Nantong, China to Xian on February 20. The flight attendant fought back, and the pilot lost a tooth.
About 50 minutes prior to touchdown, the pilot of the 726 mile trip to what was one the Silk Road’s eastern end got up to use the first class lavatory. A passenger seated up front got up to use the lav. On domestic Chinese flights, as on American ones, this isn’t permitted. The flight attendant working the forward galley should be blocking the path between the cabin and the cockpit. But that didn’t happen here.
The pilot “asked the passenger to wait at their seat,” but the passenger ignored the instruction. That’s when the pilot let loose on the flight attendant for “not doing his job properly and affecting flying safety.”
Donhai Airlines Boeing 737, Credit: Windmemories, via Wikimedia Commons
The captain, in charge of the flight, didn’t permit the flight attendant to board for the return flight to Nantong.
According to the airline, both crewmembers have been suspended and they are conducting “an overall safety rectification.”
The company attached high importance to the argument among the crew members during flight and conducted a strict internal verification. Those staff members involved have been suspended their job to ensure flight safety.
Donghai Airlines previously suspended a pilot for allowing his wife in the cockpit – twice – and another pilot for driving “a plane directly into the airfield for a flight from Shenzhen to Wuxi before preparation work was completed.”
(HT: Live and Let’s Fly)