A plane travelling from Budapest to Tel Aviv was forced to make an emergency landing Monday evening due to a drunk and unruly Israeli passenger on board, Channel 2 reported.
Shortly after the Bluebird Airways flight took off, the passenger — reportedly reeking of alcohol — began creating a disturbance and refused the requests of the flight attendants to stay in his seat.
Witnesses told Channel 2 that the passenger had attacked members of the flight crew who were eventually left with no choice but to strap him to the chair.
When the passenger refused to calm down, the pilot decided to make an emergency landing in Sofia, Bulgaria. There,the passenger was forcibly removed from the plane by security forces.
“The captain of the plane, out of concern for the safety of the flight and the passengers landed in Sofia. Then the flight continued to Israel. Damage to the airline company was estimated at thousands of dollars in light of the unplanned stop,” a statement from Bluebird Airways said.
In a similar incident in April, the drunken conduct of a Tel Aviv native forced a Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt to make an emergency landing.