El Al flight diverted after passenger disturbance

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Pilots of an El Al Boeing 737 which took off from Ben-Gurion airport in Tel Aviv for Munich on the morning of 5 June were forced to make an emergency landing in Bulgarian capital Sofia after a passenger caused a disturbance and attacked a cabin crew member.

The Israeli airline says the young German passenger behaved rudely to other passengers after the flight took off, and at one point hit the purser in the back. One unconfirmed report suggests the passenger shouted “terrorists” while he attacked the cabin crew member.

An emergency procedure was initiated and the passenger was subdued and cuffed by the crew. All El Al flights have armed security guards on board.

The captain decided to land at Sofia airport, where local police arrested the passenger. The flight then continued to its original destination.