Fight Breaks Out in Plane When Passenger Demands Parachute, Attempts to Open Door

May 28, 2019 Updated: May 28, 2019

A man on a flight suddenly demanded a parachute after pounding on the windows and trying to open the hatch of the airplane. He was subdued by both passengers and attendants, and taken by security guards when the plane landed, according to state sponsored Chinese news agency Beijing Youth News.

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The initial struggle between the three men. (User: Blue Hope/Weibo.com)

The incident occurred on the evening of May 20 as flight FU6509 flew through China’s southern provinces, from Fuzhou City to Kunming City. The man was not identified,  and was released on May 24.

The plane landed safely, and only one flight attendant received slight injuries. No other passengers were harmed.

The man was said to be suffering from mental illness, according to all Chinese media reports. Mental illness is the reason given for all instances of abnormal behavior in China.

The Fight for the Parachute

40 minutes before arriving in Kunming, the man was said to have lost control of his behavior, according to the Beijing Youth News.

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The beginning of the struggle between the three men. (User: Blue Hope/Weibo.com)

Before others began recording footage of the man, he used his cellphone to bang on the windows and attempted to open the hatch, according to the Beijing Youth News. He also reportedly shouted loudly, “I want a parachute!”

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The man in blue grabbing the flight attendant’s face. (User: Blue Hope/Weibo.com)

Footage that appears to have been captured by a female flight attendant shows the struggle between the man and other people on the plane. The people first seen are a flight attendant, a safety officer wearing black, and the man in blue who had shown reckless behavior, according to the Beijing Youth News.

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The man in blue being dragged to the seat in a sleeper hold. (User: Blue Hope/Weibo.com)

The man in black used a sleeper hold to subdue the man in blue. The man in blue loses his grip on the flight attendant as he struggled with the safety officer. They press the man in blue down onto the seats, while two other passengers join in and restrain the man.

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Other passengers surrounding the man on the chairs. (User: Blue Hope/Weibo.com)

However, he can still be heard. Once the man was restrained, he began screaming loudly. He then repeatedly shouted, “Save me!”

A female flight attendant speaks on the loud speaker over his screams, asking passengers to remain seated.

When the plane landed, the man was turned over to airport security officers. He was then released on May 24.

The report said only one flight attendant was slightly injured, and no other passengers were harmed.

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