A male passenger collapsed and died on a plane after he attempted to strangle a female passenger in an air rage incident.
A flight operated by Red Wings airline was forced to make an emergency landing in Moscow, Russia, after the distressing mid-air drama on the plane.
The drama on the vacation flight going from Moscow to Simferopol began shortly after takeoff. The unnamed 32-year-old man grabbed a female passenger by the neck and attempted to strangle her and a commotion ensued.
He is also said to have threatened fellow passengers on the flight by saying: “If you want to live, put up your hands.”
He added: “We are going to die, the pilots are asleep!”
Passengers rushed to the woman’s aid but the man screamed abuse at the men trying to fight him off. He also used a mobile phone to repeatedly strike a male passenger on the head.
The other passengers finally succeeded in getting the man off the woman and they strapped him to a seat. But he then collapsed with a “cardiac arrest”. Unconfirmed reports said that the attacker received a head injury during the fight.
A doctor on board restarted the man’s heart, reports say. The captain then decided to return and requested an emergency landing at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport from where it had departed.
Police and ambulance were waiting at the runway when the plane landed and the man was pronounced dead by paramedics minutes later.
“Paramedics who arrived at the aircraft started to provide medical assistance, but the man died from acute heart failure,” said Svetlana Petrenko in a statement issued by the Russian Investigative Committee. “There were no external signs of a violent death.”
A video of the incident shared online by a passenger named Daria Belikova captured the immediate aftermath of the violent incident.
She said in the video: “A man just started going mad here. He has been hitting a woman. They have tied him up now. He was yelling something and was hitting a man who sat next to him over his head with a phone.”
One man is heard saying: “Throw him out with a parachute.”
Another said: “Push him out without a parachute.”
Daria said: “I hope everything is going to be okay.”
In another video, Daria said: “He started yelling ‘If you want to live, put up your hands. We are going to die, the pilots are asleep!’ We landed and this man is now being taken away.”
After disembarking, she updated her followers, saying: “I’ve got to say that this weird man has died. What a flight this was.”