Last updated: 01:30 PM ET, Wed January 06 2016

Passenger Attacks Co-Pilot During International Flight

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | January 06, 2016

Passenger Attacks Co-Pilot During International Flight

Photo courtesy of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

A man on a KLM Royal Dutch Airlines‎ flight reportedly attacked and wounded the co-pilot of the plane before being restrained by other passengers Sunday.

According to News Corp Australia Network, KLM Flight KL897 was en route from Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam to Beijing Capital International Airport in China, when a “disturbed passenger” locked himself in the bathroom and began to inflict wounds on himself.

The man then allegedly attacked the co-pilot in the kitchen area of the cabin, slightly wounding him. Attendants and passengers were able to subdue the man and restrain him to a seat for the remainder of the flight.

Witnesses told the Dutch media that the man stabbed the co-pilot, possibly with a knife or broken shard of glass, but the airline did not confirm this report. The co-pilot was treated for his injuries while in China, but he returned to the Netherlands a short time later.

When the plane landed in Beijing at 10:31 a.m. Monday morning, around 15 policemen removed the man from the plane.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines reiterated that at no point was the flight in any legitimate danger.


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