Lufthansa A343 near Recife on Oct 5th 2012, unruly passengers

Last Update: October 6, 2012 / 16:27:42 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Oct 5, 2012

Classification
Incident

Airline
Lufthansa

Flight number
LH-505

Destination
Munich, Germany

Aircraft Registration
D-AIFC

Aircraft Type
Airbus A340-300

ICAO Type Designator
A343

A Lufthansa Airbus A340-300, registration D-AIFC performing flight LH-505 from Sao Paulo,SP (Brazil) to Munich (Germany), was enroute near Recife,PE (Brazil) when the crew requested assistance by strong men to subdue 3 drunk passengers, who had demanded more alcohol and upon being refused more alcohol engaged in a shouting match with cabin crew at first, then one of them attempted to clutch the flight attendant's wrist while another one began to exchange punches with a fourth member of the group who had tried to calm the drunks down. The three were subdued with the assistance of other passengers and handcuffed, the aircraft diverted to Recife for a safe landing. Brazilian police took the three drunks into custody.

The aircraft reached Munich with a delay of 3 hours.

Police reported the unrulies had consumed considerable amounts of alcohols and were considerably intoxicated already before boarding the aircraft and had consumed some more alcohol on board. One of them threw up during the flight and walked the aisle annoying other passengers, another one assaulted a flight attendant and the third engaged in a fist fight with a fourth companion trying to calm the three down.

The airline confirmed the diversion due to bad behaviour of some passengers.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Oct 5, 2012

Classification
Incident

Airline
Lufthansa

Flight number
LH-505

Destination
Munich, Germany

Aircraft Registration
D-AIFC

Aircraft Type
Airbus A340-300

ICAO Type Designator
A343

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