According to The Sun, the Ryanair plane—a low-cost airline based out of Ireland—was en route from Brussels, Belgium, to Malta when an elderly woman was allegedly struck in the head, causing a massive argument between several men on the flight.
After yelling at each other, the men came to blows and a massive fight broke out during the flight, causing the pilot to call for an emergency landing in Pisa, Italy. Besides punching each other, one of the Ryanair flight attendants was also slapped in the face.
Footage of the incident was released on YouTube by Tommy Engere:
“It started when an elderly woman moved seats and told me they’d hit her on the head. Then a huge fight broke out when two Belgian men tried to intervene,” Engere told The Sun. “They were attacking everyone around them. They looked out of control as if they were on drink or drugs and the cabin crew did well to bring the situation under control. They were eastern European – gypsy types – but spoke a bit of French as well, and were incredibly aggressive.”
After members of the flight crew and other passengers pulled the men apart and stopped the fight, the pilot announced the emergency landing. Once the plane landed safely in Italy, authorities boarded the flight and arrested the passengers for disrupting the journey.
“We will not tolerate unruly or disruptive behavior at any time and the safety and comfort of our customers, crew and aircraft is our number one priority,” the airline said in a statement. “This is now a matter for local police.”