Delta Flight Attendants Brawl Mid-Air, Forcing Pilot To Land The Plane

Delta Flight Attendants Force Plane To Land After Reported Fist Fight

Two flight attendants reportedly got into a fist fight on a recent Delta flight, forcing the plane to land.

According to Yahoo Travel, the pilot of flight 2598 traveling from Los Angeles to Minneapolis decided to make an unscheduled landing in Salt Lake City after the two female flight attendants began brawling mid-air.

The Aviation Herald reported that the flight attendants disagreed over some issue related to work on the January 22 flight and took to fisticuffs when the plane was just south of Salt Lake City. According to the report, a third woman on the plane tried to break up the fight and was also hit by the brawling flight attendants.

The captain immediately made the decision to land the Boeing 757, asking air traffic control for a diversion to Salt Lake City because he “wanted to hear from his flight attendants,” according to the report.

The aircraft remained on the ground for about 80 minutes, then continued the flight reaching Minneapolis with a delay of 75 minutes.

The Aviation Herald also reported that the airline sent a letter of apology to passengers following the incident.

“Some of our team members did not display their best behavior. We expect our flight crew to be nothing but courteous and professional at all times and what you experienced was far from that. I am sorry we didn’t deliver on our brand promise for you today.”

Air rage amongst passengers is more common than one would think — however, fights between flight attendants is almost unheard of.

But, it does happen.

According to Yahoo, in September, 2012, two United Airlines flight attendants got into a fight while sharing a jump seat. In another incident that same month, two American Airlines flight attendants apparently got into a heated, physical argument over a mobile phone.

In a notable, headlining incident in 2010, JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater announced that he was quitting his job over the plane’s PA system before engaging the evacuation tube and sliding down it with dramatic flair.

Yahoo Travel said it reached out to Delta for comment, but had not heard back from them at press time.

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