Passengers get into fistfight aboard Southwest Airlines Flight
In a video captured by passengers on a Southwest Airlines flight, showed a man punching another multiple times before other passengers could pull him away.
One person was arrested on a Southwest Airlines flight after a vicious fight between two passengers while the flight was still taxiing in Burbank, California, according to the Associated Press. [restrict]
A statement from the airlines obtained by AP, Tuesday said that the incident occurred, Sunday, aboard Flight 2530 that originated in Dallas and was on a stopover in Burbank before heading to Oakland, its final destination. The fight began when the flight was about to deplane passengers who were not traveling further to Oakland, Burbank Police Department said.
Authorities said they arrested the suspect, identified as Chaze Mickalo Cable, 37, of Lancaster for battery and assault and he has been held on a bail of $50,000. The victim was said to have suffered a laceration to his nose, a chipped tooth and a contusion to his left eye.
The suspect was seen punching the victim multiple times before other passengers could pull him away. In a video captured by the fellow passengers the suspect was wrestling with the victim as a woman screams “Get off, what is wrong with you!” and tries to pull him away.
The reason for the fight was not clear immediately and the police also could not confirm if the two men knew each other from before boarding the flight.
Airport police responded to the attack and arrested Cable after the incident and then handed him over to the Burbank Police Department.
In its statement, the Dallas-based air carrier said that the brawl actually involved three passengers and thanked its employees for intervening and stopping the matter to escalate any further, according to AP.
“Our employees are our everyday heroes and are trained to de-escalate conflict while delivering heartfelt hospitality on nearly 4,000 flights to nearly the half-million customers who fly Southwest every day,” the airline said.
Denny Wei, a senior assistant city attorney with the Burbank City Attorney’s Office told ABC News Tuesday that Cable pleaded not guilty in court and his pre-trial court appearance is due on May 24.
This is not the first time airlines have been involved in a fight between their passengers or with the crew.
Recently on April 9, a passenger on a United Airlines flight was forcibly removed from his seat and dragged off an overbooked flight after he refused to voluntarily surrender his place on the plane. Other passengers captured footage of the incident that showed the man screaming and other passengers shouting in protest as police pulled the man by his arms down the aisle toward the front of the plane.
On April 18, Kima Hamilton, 39, a resident of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was removed from Delta Airlines flight 2035 from Atlanta to Milwaukee because he needed to use the restroom urgently.
In another recent incident concerning Delta Airlines in April, a pilot was caught on video hitting a fellow passenger at Hartsfield. At that time, two women were involved in fight and the pilot threw a fist at one of them to stop it.
Delta defended the pilot, saying he was trying to break up the fight. “We became aware of this incident and a video last week and immediately removed the pilot from duty while we completed a thorough investigation,” a spokesperson for the company told E! Online and TMZ in a statement Saturday. [restrict]