Dispute on board escalates
Man freaks out – Lufthansa plane has to land
November 29, 2023, 5:15 p.m
A man is said to have threatened his wife and rioted on a flight between Munich and Bangkok. According to an eyewitness, in order to keep him calm until the safety landing triggered by the incident, people on board played a fake game.
Due to an incident on board, Lufthansa flight LH772 made an unscheduled landing in India on its way from Munich to Thailand. Lufthansa confirmed that the plane had to divert to the Indian capital New Delhi. The reason for this was “insubordinate behavior by a passenger”, “which could have endangered the safety and integrity on board”. The man was handed over to the authorities in New Delhi.
According to reports from Indian news agencies, an argument broke out on board the A380. The passenger is German. The 53-year-old is said to have shouted at his Thai wife. He also threw food and tried to set a blanket on fire with a lighter. It was not known what the dispute was about. Since the man did not follow the staff’s instructions, the pilots asked for a safety landing, it said.
The Indian media “The Telegraph” reports that the woman initially complained to the pilot about her husband’s behavior because she felt “threatened” by him. She is said to have asked for an intervention.
“It was spooky”
A passenger told the “Bild” newspaper about the situation on board: “It was eerie. All the monitors were switched off so that the rioters didn’t notice that we weren’t landing in Bangkok but in New Delhi. There were no on-board announcements , but the passengers were informed personally in discussions about the landing in India.”
After landing, the passenger bridges appeared to roll towards the plane. “But no one could get out,” said the passenger. “All passengers had to remain seated, and now there was a loudspeaker announcement that it was forbidden to make films or take photographs. At that moment, six soldiers came on board and escorted the man off the plane.”
Lufthansa said: “The flight to Bangkok is expected to continue with minor delays. The safety of our passengers and crew on board is our top priority.”