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Brawling cockpit intruder forces plane to return to Moscow

Airbus A320

Airbus A320

An Airbus A320 airliner was forced to turn back halfway during its flight from Russia to Tajikistan after one of the passengers tried to force his way into cockpit.

The S7 airline flight from Moscow to Khujand with 160 passengers on board was cut short on Tuesday night after a man started a brawl and tried to force his way into the cockpit, Interfax reported.

The captain ordered the plane to turn around and land at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport.

“The rowdy Tajikistan citizen was taken into custody by a police squad, which was sent on board. The plane was refueled and flew to Khujand again,” a police source told the news agency.

Earlier on Tuesday, a Boeing 737-800 was called back 20 minutes after takeoff in its flight from Moscow to Vienna when a sensor detected a malfunction in one of its engines.

The incident happened days after the deadly December 29 crash-landing of a Tupolev Tu-204 jet at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport, which claimed five lives.

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