Turkish Airlines flight hijacked after passenger ‘bit off attendant’s finger’ during fight

A flight had to be hijacked after a passenger allegedly bit off a cabin crew member’s finger while on board, according to reports.

The incident happened on a Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul to Jakarta on October 11, with video of the fight shared on Twitter.

The unnamed male passenger was reportedly intoxicated and should have been restrained after the fight, theExpress reports.

He would be a pilot for the Indonesian airline Batik Air, which belongs to Lion Air Group.

The carrier told local press that although he works for the company, he was not working on this flight and his actions do not reflect the values ​​of the group.

The man was reportedly upset by a dog on board, which had been hidden by another passenger.

Asked to calm down by the flight attendants, he reportedly became increasingly agitated and bit the finger of one of the cabin crew.

Footage posted online shows a fight that ensues and appears to show the man punching the flight attendants while one of them holds out the handcuffs.

As the passengers watch in disbelief, the flight attendant then attempts to tackle the man.

The flight was forced to divert following the incident, turning back over Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and landing at Kualanamu International Airport, Medan.

The man was reportedly escorted off the plane before he continued his journey to Jakarta.

A Jakarta Metro Police spokesperson said: “Due to the rowdiness on the plane, Turkish Airlines dropped off the Indonesian passenger who was injured at Kualanamu Airport, Medan. The Indonesian citizen suspected of being drunk is undergoing treatment at Kualanamu health clinic.

The video has so far racked up over 530,000 views since it was first posted on October 12.

The Independent approached Turkish Airlines and Lion Air Group for comment.