Flight forced to return to Neward after unruly passenger tries to break into cockpit

An unruly passenger forced a Zurich-bound flight to return to Newark, New Jersey, airport shortly after moving freely around the cabin, was abusive to the crew and attempted to enter the cockpit, officials said.

Swiss International Air Lines Flight 19 took off from Newark Liberty International Airport at 9:50 p.m. Sunday, but the pilot quickly reported that one of the 233 passengers was causing a ruckus, reported.

The pilot of the Airbus A330 said: “PAN-PAN, PAN-PAN, PAN-PAN”, an aeronautical acronym meaning “possible assistance required”.

A Swiss flight was forced to return to Newark after an unruly passenger attempted to enter the cockpit and became abusive towards the crew. Images by VanderWolf –

He told the air traffic controller that the passenger’s condition was “getting worse” and “tried to enter the cockpit,” according to a recording of the call obtained from

“We were unable to detain the passenger. It moves freely in the cabin,” he said.

An airline spokesperson said one of the crew members was injured in the incident and taken to a local hospital, Swiss Info reported.

Swiss International Air Lines Flight 19 returned to Newark Liberty International Airport shortly after takeoff. Flight radar24
Newark Liberty International Airport helicopter –

“The passenger behaved in an abusive manner towards the crew,” Swiss International Airlines told in a statement, adding that the flight was canceled and the passengers would be rebooked.

The passenger, whose identity has not been released, was encountered by police in Newark.

Information about possible charges was not immediately available from Port Authority police. The exact nature of the disruption was also not available.

The pilot told the controller that the plane’s brakes had overheated following the overweight landing and asked firefighters to inspect the landing gear.

New York Post

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