German flight turns back after asylum seeker threat

1st April 2014, Comments 0 comments

An asylum seeker being deported on a flight from Germany on Tuesday forced the Lufthansa plane to turn back after threatening an air stewardess with a broken razor blade, police said.

The 28-year-old man from Kosovo did not want to be sent back to Hungary where he's seeking asylum, and forced the plane to return to Munich airport where he was arrested.

The aircraft carrying 82 passengers and crew had departed the southern German city earlier in the day headed for Budapest but turned around shortly after take-off.

On landing, the passengers and some crew members were able to safely leave, but the pilots and 50-year-old stewardess were still being threatened on board, police said.

With the help of an interpreter, they talked to the man who gave himself up.

Three air stewardesses were slightly hurt, including one suffering marks on her neck where she was grabbed.

© 2014 AFP

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