Iraqi Airways pilots suspended for allegedly fighting in cockpit over food
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Iraqi Airways has suspended two pilots involved in an alleged mid-air brawl over their in-flight meals.
Iraqi Airways has suspended two of its pilots for brawling in the cockpit with 157 passengers on board.
Wednesday’s flight was heading from Mashhad, Iran, to Baghdad, Iraq, when the fight happened in mid-air.
In a letter to Iraqi Airways management, reported by The Independent, the co-pilot said, “Conversation with the pilot became heated because he forbade an air hostess from bringing me a meal tray, under the pretext that I hadn’t asked him for authorisation.”
According to the co-pilot, the pilot hit and insulted him, prompting the arrival of a security agent.
The letter claims once the plane landed, the two continued to argue and “the pilot again hit and insulted” the co-pilot.
Reports suggest the airline will punish the two pilots, including possibly revoking their licences.
Iraq’s Transport Ministry is investigating the matter.