‘Fight’ breaks out on Ryanair flight forcing plane to return to Stansted Airport

An alleged fight broke out on a Ryanair flight this morning causing the plane to return to Stansted Airport.

One witness said it "looked like something out of a movie" with children crying.

Another described the incident as "intense and scary" as armed officers came on board, Essex Live reported.

Flight FR1883, which was "above the clouds" when the argument broke out, had to turn back 15 minutes into its journey.

The plane was heading towards Lisbon, Portugal and had been scheduled to take off at 11.50am.

One woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said: "We are on a flight from Stansted to Lisbon that was supposed to depart at 11:50am. I think we were 15 minutes into our flight when the captain warned us we would be returning to the airport.

"When we landed two military men came in and removed one of the passengers.

"A woman at the back of the plane, where I’m seated, got really angry because apparently she knew that man and that it was unfair for them to remove him but not the other man also involved in the fight.

"I didn’t see the fight myself but it seems to have started because one of them broke the other’s phone."

The passenger said all the passengers have been earmarked to move onto another plane to continue their journey, but there is no indication of when the flight will be back in the air.

She said the situation was handed well by the crew.

Another witness, said: "Yes there was a fight between two men. We were told the flight would be returning to Stansted, when arriving armed police came inside the aircraft and took one of the men.

"A lady then said to the police that they should take the other man too, after 15 minutes of waiting they removed the second man and told us all we have to board a new aircraft."

He called the situation "very intense and scary, kids crying, looked like something out of a movie".

Ryanair said: "This flight from London Stansted Airport to Lisbon returned to Stansted shortly after take-off after a number of passengers became disruptive inflight.

"The aircraft landed normally and was met by police upon arrival. The aircraft will depart to Lisbon shortly.

"We will not tolerate unruly or disruptive behaviour at any time and the safety and comfort of our customers, crew and aircraft is our number one priority. This is now a matter for local police."

Essex Police and Stansted Airport have been approached for comment.

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