Man arrested in German air rage case

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13 October 2006, Augsburg, Germany (dpa) - A man who charged into the cockpit of a Polish airliner and forced the pilot to make an unscheduled landing in Germany was arrested on Friday. The incident happened late Thursday on a flight from Amsterdam to the Bavarian city of Hof. The plane had been due to make a stopover in Augsburg, but this was scrapped because of a delay in the flight leaving Holland. One of the passengers, who had been drinking, flew into a rage on learning of the change to the flight pla

13 October 2006

Augsburg, Germany (dpa) - A man who charged into the cockpit of a Polish airliner and forced the pilot to make an unscheduled landing in Germany was arrested on Friday.

The incident happened late Thursday on a flight from Amsterdam to the Bavarian city of Hof. The plane had been due to make a stopover in Augsburg, but this was scrapped because of a delay in the flight leaving Holland.

One of the passengers, who had been drinking, flew into a rage on learning of the change to the flight plan and stormed into the cockpit.

The pilot of the charter flight, fearing for the safety of the other passengers, sought permission to land in Augsburg even though the airport was closed to traffic because of a ban on night flights.

After the plane touched town, the irate passenger was detained and given an breath test, which showed a blood alcohol content of 0.18 per cent.

Police said the man faces charges of endangering air safety.

DPA

Subject: German news

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