Passenger bites flight attendant — forces plane to return to airport

by NEW YORK DIGITAL NEWS


This passenger was a little air-responsible.

A flight traveling from Tokyo, Japan to the United States was forced to turn around Tuesday after a drunk passenger bit an attendant.

A “heavily drunk” 55-year-old man on All Nippon Airways (ANA) Flight 118 bit a crew member’s arm, an ANA spokesperson, according to The Japan Times.

Flight Radar 24 shows that the aircraft, which had 159 passengers on board, took off at 9:47 p.m. local time on Jan. 16 for the flight to Seattle, Washington — but was diverted back to Haneda Airport in Tokyo.

An ANA spokesperson told CNN that the female flight attendant sustained minor injuries, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Police detained the unnamed American man after the plane landed in Tokyo.

Japanese broadcaster TBS reported that the biting passenger told investigators he “doesn’t recall” his behavior onboard, per The Japanese Times.


An American airline passenger allegedly bit a female cabin crew member mid-flight on Tuesday, forcing an All Nippon Airways (ANA) flight bound for Seattle to return to Tokyo, an airline spokesperson said.
Flight Radar 24 shows that the aircraft took off at 9:47 p.m. local time on Jan. 16 for the flight to Seattle, Washington. FlightRadar24

This isn’t the only recent misfortune for Japanese flights, with four other incidents reported in just two weeks.

On Tuesday, a Korean Air Lines plane clipped the wing of a parked Cathay Pacific Airways plane in a collision at New Chitose Airport.

No injuries were reported on either aircraft, and no fire or fuel leaks were detected, a fire department spokesperson told local news outlets.


A Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliner airplane for All Nippon Airways Co. (ANA) takes off at Narita Airport in Narita City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan, on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011. Boeing's 787 makes its first commercial flight today, ending more than three years of delays, with operator ANA saying a wider cabin and bigger windows will help give customers a more comfortable ride.
A flight traveling from Tokyo to the United States was forced to turn around after a drunk passenger bit an attendant. Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

On Jan. 2, a Japan Airlines plane burst into flames after touching down at Haneda International Airport when it collided with a coast guard jet.

All 379 people on the passenger plane managed to escape, but at least 17 passengers were injured and five crew members on the Coast Guard plane died while their captain was critically injured.

Last week, another ANA flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Japan after the crew found a crack in the cockpit window of the Boeing 737-800.



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