Fight breaks out on easyJet flight as African woman ‘abused by male passenger’

Shocking scenes erupted on an easyJet flight showing a woman being physically attacked after she was allegedly verbally abused on a packed flight from London Gatwick to Turkey.

A fellow passenger filmed an altercation when an argument broke out between a female passenger who said she was of African origin, and was allegedly abused by a male passenger.

Cabin crew rushed to intervene as the argument escalated in front of other shocked passengers.

The Mirror reports that an eye-witness claimed there was "prolific use of the C-word" during the clash – while there were accusations of racist abuse being spoken by the male passenger.

In the footage – which has gone viral – the female passenger can be heard saying: "I am African, do not chat s*** about my people.”

The video also shows the man lunging towards the woman, seemingly throwing a punch which is unclear whether it lands on his intended victim, or simply hits her chair.

Claims have been reported that other passengers on the flight cheered when they male passenger was removed from the plane.

The incident reportedly happened on Wednesday.

Video showed the man being led from the plane that is believed to be the pilot.

It has been claimed the man earlier clashed with another passenger in an argument over a child’s paper plane.

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A passenger who filmed the incident told the Mirror: "Approximately two hours into the flight from Gatwick, most of the flight were disturbed by a commotion at the back of the plane.

"It was clearly two grown men coming to blows and prolific use of the C-word from one of them.

"All available staff rushed to the back of the plane to separate the men with the instigator being relocated to the front, still shouting and swearing.

"Calm ensued for about an hour, whereby he requested to visit the back of the plane to retrieve some cash.

Accompanied by staff he went back up, only to re-launch his attack on the initial victim and be returned again to the front.

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"We find out from the airline staff that the son of the instigator had thrown a paper plane in the direction of the first victim which he then screwed up and threw away, prompting the violent outburst.

"Another hour passes and we are about to land when all hell breaks loose again.

"Absolutely no idea what prompted this but it was racial abuse of the most vile kind directed at one woman of colour.

"A second woman of colour verbally defends her friend only to be met with the same torrent of abuse which escalated into the violent assault that you see in the video.

"Some people offer to restrain him until he can be ejected from the plane."

The witness added: "We land and the police are waiting, he's removed from the plane to a loud cheer from everyone on board and as we pass through security, we saw him again as he pleaded for leniency from the Turkish police."

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A spokesperson for easyJet said: "We can confirm flight EZY8841 from London Gatwick to Antalya on 8 September was met by police on arrival and a passenger was removed by police as a result of their disruptive behaviour onboard.

"Whilst such incidents are rare, we take them very seriously, and do not tolerate abusive or threatening behaviour on board.

"EasyJet's cabin crew are trained to assess and evaluate all situations and to act quickly and appropriately to ensure that the safety of the flight and other passengers is not compromised at any time.

"The safety and wellbeing of our customers and crew is our highest priority."

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