Ryanair brawl: Fight breaks out on flight from Malaga to Manchester

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British woman on Ryanair plane races down the aisle to attack male passenger before 'fists fly everywhere' in punch-up on flight from Malaga to Manchester

Passengers marched down the aisle to join the punch-up on the Ryanair planeCabin crew desperately tried to keep order before police were seen on boardThe Ryanair plane had flown from Malaga to Manchester on Monday eveningPolice boarded the plane after it landed and one man was detained Do you know more? Get in touch - tim.stickings@mailonline.co.uk 

By Tim Stickings For Mailonline

Published: 14:36 GMT, 28 October 2020 | Updated: 17:03 GMT, 28 October 2020

Passengers brawled on board a Ryanair flight with 'fists flying everywhere' in the cabin of the plane before it landed in Manchester.   

Some passengers marched down the aisle to join in the punch-up near the front of the jet after a woman had got out of her seat to remonstrate with a male passenger, while Ryanair cabin crew desperately tried to keep order. 

Police were then seen on board the plane and detained one man after the jet landed in Manchester on Monday evening, having flown in from Malaga.  

Mid-air fight: Passengers brawled on board a Ryanair flight with 'fists flying everywhere' in the cabin of the plane before it landed in Manchester

It is not known what sparked the fight, but the footage taken by one of the passengers shows a woman marching towards a man sitting behind her and announcing that 'I'm going to smash you up'. 

A Ryanair steward manages to shepherd her into another row of seats and tries to calm her down, which appears to work for a moment. 

But the next section of footage shows the same woman at the centre of a full-scale brawl, with at least two men marching forward to throw their hands in. 

Others at the back of the plane could be heard shouting some of the passengers' names and telling them to 'stop it' and 'come down here'.   

The two men who ran forward later returned to their seats as the fight broke up and stewards tried to restore order. 

Passengers watch and take footage on their phones as the brawl breaks out at the front of the Ryanair plane 

The Ryanair flight had taken off from Malaga and was only around 20 minutes from landing when the fight broke out.   

Several passengers were filming the punch-up, one of whom said: 'It was disgusting, really.   

'We were about 20 minutes from landing and I'm not sure what happened but the woman in the black jumper started laying into this guy in a big way.

'It wasn't a light slap or anything, she was going at him hell for leather.

'Suddenly three or four people ran to the front and got involved - there were just fists flying everywhere. 

The woman continued to remonstrate with another passenger after the brawl broke up and the cabin crew tried to restore order 

'Some of them were really big guys and the Ryanair staff separated them eventually but at a point, they had completely lost control of the situation.

'The staff got the woman to sit down behind us so I asked her what happened and she said that a man had been making threats that he was going to kill her.

'The police came onboard and nobody could get off until they verified who was involved in the fight so we showed an officer our video footage so they could see who it was.,

'The police got everybody involved in the fight to stay on the plane and we heard an officer tell the Ryanair staff that they could need to use tasers.'

Greater Manchester Police said one man had been detained after 'police received a report of a disturbance on a flight arriving in Manchester'. Enquiries are ongoing. 

A spokesman for Ryanair said: 'The crew of this flight from Malaga to Manchester requested police assistance upon arrival after several passengers became disruptive shortly before arrival. This is now a matter for local police.' 

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