Swiss A343 near Kazan on Sep 2nd 2012, unruly passengers prompt return to Zurich

Last Update: September 3, 2012 / 23:08:26 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Sep 2, 2012

Classification
Accident

Airline
Swiss

Flight number
LX-196

Destination
Beijing, China

Aircraft Registration
HB-JMD

Aircraft Type
Airbus A340-300

ICAO Type Designator
A343

A Swiss Airbus A340-300, registration HB-JMD performing flight LX-196 from Zurich (Switzerland) to Beijing (China) with about 200 passengers, was enroute at FL350 about 20nm southwest of Kazan about 3:15 hours into the scheduled 9:50 hours flight, when the aircraft turned around, climbed to FL360, overflew Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport and returned to Zurich for a safe landing about 7 hours after departure.

Swiss Police reported two male passengers (57 and 29) had started a fight for so far unknown reasons. The two unruly passengers were arrested upon arrival back in Zurich, they appeared both intoxicated, the older could therefore not yet be interviewed.

The airline reported following the escalation between the two passengers the crew decided to return to Zurich due to operational considerations including visa issues with Russia. The flight was still closer to Zurich than to Beijing, the return went calmly. The about 200 passengers were rebooked onto other flights and where necessary provided with accomodation.

Passengers reported (in Chinese) on China's Weibo Service after arrival in China, that two male passengers, one a young man and the other about 70 years old, both obviously drunk, engaged in a fight landing both on the cabin floor. When the chief flight attendant attempted to stop the fight and calm the two, they both physically attacked the flight attendant, who got injured. The unruly passengers were subdued with the assistance of other cabin crew and passengers and restrained. Russia refused a landing of the aircraft, so that the aircraft returned to Zurich, where the two unrulies were handed over to police.

Other passengers reported from Europe that dinner was just being served when the younger male reclined his seat, the older sitting behind the young, obviously feeling disturbed while eating and obviously drunk, began to shout and finally struck the younger passenger's head. The young jumped up and a fight erupted. When the chief flight attendant tried to separate the two, the older attacked the flight attendant attempting to strangle the flight attendant. While the younger stopped fighting the older needed to be subdued with the assistance of another passenger, was handcuffed and seated in the back of the aircraft but continued to shout. The younger passenger was treated for a head injury.
Aircraft Registration Data
Registration mark
HB-JMD
Country of Registration
Switzerland
Date of Registration
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Certification Basis
Airworthyness Category
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Legal Basis
TCDS Ident. No.
Manufacturer
AIRBUS S.A.S.
Aircraft Model / Type
A340-313
ICAO Aircraft Type
A343
Year of Manufacture
Serial Number
Aircraft Address / Mode S Code (HEX)
Max. Operational Passenger Seating Capacity (MOPSC), indicative
Minimum Crew
Maximum Take off Mass (MTOM) [kg]
Engine Count
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Main Owner
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Main Operator
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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Sep 2, 2012

Classification
Accident

Airline
Swiss

Flight number
LX-196

Destination
Beijing, China

Aircraft Registration
HB-JMD

Aircraft Type
Airbus A340-300

ICAO Type Designator
A343

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