Police board Ryanair plane to ‘blood-spattered’ Tenerife after ‘altercation’

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It was the dramatic moment when police boarded a Ryanair flight from Liverpool following an apparent ‘bloodstained altercation’ in flight. Ryanair flight FR4346 took off from Liverpool Airport at 6:29 a.m. and was due to land at Tenerife South Airport at 10:40 a.m. yesterday (October 16).

However, the flight was rerouted to Lisbon after a passenger became disruptive during the flight.

Plane trackers show how the Ryanair plane made a sharp right turn as it flew over the Atlantic Ocean to land in Lisbon at 9:36 a.m.

Ryanair confirmed to ECHO that the passenger was abducted by police before the flight to the Canary Islands continued.

However, they declined to comment on further details of the incident.

A spokesperson for the low cost airline said: “This flight from Liverpool to Tenerife (October 16) was diverted to Lisbon after a passenger became a disruptive flight.



JLA’s hijacked flight – seen here landing in Lisbon

“The plane landed normally and the passenger was removed by police on arrival before the plane continued to Tenerife. ”

Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Lisbon Police did not respond to requests for comment.

A passenger, who was on the hijacked flight, told ECHO how passengers cheered when the troublemaker was abducted by local police.

Describing what happened, he said: “There was screaming and then screaming from the back of the plane and the flight attendants ran to the back of the plane. “

The man, who wished to remain anonymous, added that things “calmed down” before an altercation occurred.

As the plane landed in Lisbon, the passenger said the plane’s door was opened and about five Portuguese police officers came on board.

He added: “The passengers applauded as they left the plane. [and] someone shouted “you’re not that brave now so you are”…

“The stewards were fantastic and handled the situation calmly, all thanks to them. ”

Anthony Ainsworth of Tuebrook was on the return flight as a member of the same cabin crew spoke to customers about the spectacular arrival flight.

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He told ECHO: “One of the cabin crew started talking to one of the flight customers…

« [The air steward said] he then became erratic and there was an altercation and a lot of blood spatter.

“They calmed the situation down and tied him to the front where he fell asleep.

“They then had to land the plane in Portugal. ”

Anthony added that on his flight home a member of the cabin crew had blood on his shirt.

Ryanair said local police are now dealing with the incident.

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