Astonishing cockpit brawl breaks out between two Iraqi Airways pilots during flight

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Astonishing cockpit brawl breaks out between two Iraqi Airways pilots during flight

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Post by howie » Fri Jul 27, 2018 12:26 pm

- Flight was traveling from Baghdad to Mashhad, in Iran, when fight broke out.
- Co-pilot was trying to get a meal tray from an air hostess when pilot stopped him.
- Pilot said meal wasn't allowed 'because he hadn't been asked for permission'.
- The pilot ate his own meal before insulting and hitting the co-pilot, report says.

Iraqi Airways has suspended two of its pilots for getting into a fight over a food tray during an international flight with more than 150 passengers on board.

The row erupted on a flight to the capital Baghdad from the Iranian city of Mashhad, with 157 travellers on board plus crew.

'Conversation with the pilot became heated because he forbade an air hostess from bringing me a meal tray, under the pretext that I hadn't asked him for authorisation,' the co-pilot said in a letter addressed to Iraqi Airways management, seen by AFP.

After the pilot had taken his own meal, he 'hit and insulted (the co-pilot), prompting the arrival of a security agent', according to the letter.

The duo went on to land the plane safely in Baghdad, only to continue their quarrel after landing.

'The pilot again hit and insulted' his colleague, the co-pilot said, admitting that he also lashed out: 'I had to defend myself.'

AFP has not seen the pilot's account of the incident and the airline did not detail when the scuffle took place.

After the pilot had eaten his own meal tray he reportedly hit and shouted at his co-pilot, then began hitting him again after they landed (file image)

'The transport ministry has opened an investigation with the two pilots who argued with each other in-flight,' Iraqi Airways said late Wednesday.

Both have been suspended, the airline said, warning that the two employees 'will not escape the toughest sanctions... such as a lifetime flying ban'.

Iraqis responded with horror and mockery to the incident on social media, with one person likening the duo to the country's minibus drivers who are renowned for racing around at full throttle.



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Post by Enuf Sed » Fri Jul 27, 2018 1:08 pm

Absolutely nuts I say :yikes:



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Post by Propnut » Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:08 am

Would the reaction have been the same if a female First Officer was in the seat on that airline?



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Post by Raffles » Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:45 am

A food fight :yikes: I thought food fights only happen where food is in short supply and people are starving.

The captain should be sacked.



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Post by Moertoe Pilut » Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:16 am

A bit of inferior complex...



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