Woman's In-Flight Mental Breakdown Causes Emergency Landing for Russian Jet
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An airliner embarking on the 3,200-mile journey to Moscow from the Siberian city of Irkutsk on Friday was forced to conduct an emergency landing at Balandino airport in Chelyabinsk's after only traveling about 1,150 miles because a passenger became disruptive after appearing to have completely lost touch with reality, The Moscow Times reported via Russian news agency RIA Novosti.
The woman, born in 1988, and a dual Russian/Israeli citizen, “is suspected of temporary psychosis,” Elena Epimakhova, a representative of the Urals region headquarters of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, told RIA Novosti.
As the flight progressed, “she got up, started pacing around the passenger compartment, singing songs, and pouring water on the passengers. She didn't seem to comprehend what was going on; the flight attendants kept trying to sit her back down, give her warnings, but in general she wasn't taking in the information," Epimakhova said to RIA Novosti.
After landing at Chelyabinsk, police escorted the woman from the jet and to a medical center. Epimakhova said officials first thought she was under the influence of alcohol, but her blood-alcohol level came back normal. The individual was then checked into a local psychiatric hospital.
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