Passengers were forced to overpower a Muslim man during a flight after he allegedly beat on the cockpit door and threatened to crash the plane while yelling he “wanted to see Allah.”
The Mirror reports:
A group of professional sportsmen on board a Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt to Belgrade held the man down after he jumped up in the middle of the flight and allegedly demanded access to the cockpit.
Members of the Serbian handball team stepped in to help apprehend the man
According to passengers on board the flight, the man banged on the cockpit door and then threatened to bring the plane down over Austria if he was not allowed inside.
The man, who was said to have been a Jordanian man with an American passport, was held down by members of the Serbian national handball team who were on board Flight 1406 and crew of the plane.
The president of the Vojvodina handball team, Milan Djukic, said: “About halfway into the flight he tried to open a plane door, but the cabin crew stopped him.”
After being held back from the cabin door, which could not have been opened anyway, the man, who fellow passengers said appeared to have mental health issues, was then guarded by staff and the sports stars in business class.
Lufthansa spokesman Andreas Bartels said the plane landed safely in Belgrade and the passenger was handed over to local authorities.
Police questioned him after the plane landed in Belgrade.
Serbia’s public prosecutor has ordered the suspect into 48-hour pre-trial detention on the grounds of endangering public safety.
Passengers said the man acted irrationally from the start of the flight.
Mr Djukic said that during the flight, most of the passengers were unaware of the events happening in the front of the plane.