Pop star air rage forces pilot to turn plane back

14th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

14 November 2007, Madrid - An airliner operated by Spanish flag carrier Iberia was forced to turn back to Madrid two hours into a flight to Mexico early yesterday morning when a drunk and disorderly Spanish pop singer insulted flight attendants and became aggressive in first class.

14 November 2007

Madrid - An airliner operated by Spanish flag carrier Iberia was forced to turn back to Madrid two hours into a flight to Mexico early yesterday morning when a drunk and disorderly Spanish pop singer insulted flight attendants and became aggressive in first class.

Melendi, a singer known for his flamenco-inspired pop music, apparently assaulted a flight attendant after he was refused more alcohol, leading the captain to turn the plane around out of fear for the safety of the passengers and crew. Melendi, whose real name is Ramón Melendi Espina, had been flying to Mexico City aboard the 6401 Iberia flight to promote his new album.

When the plane landed at Madrid airport, Melendi was arrested by Civil Guard officers and charged with disobeying the pilot's orders.

[Copyright EL PAÍS, SL. 2007]

Subject: Spanish news


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