Air France Flight Forced to Make Emergency Landing After Passenger Outburst

An Air France flight from Paris to New Delhi was forced to make an emergency landing at the Sofia airport in Bulgaria last Friday after an Indian passenger onboard caused a commotion.

Ivailo Angelov, an official at Bulgaria’s National Investigation Agency said the Indian man quarreled loudly with other passengers, attacked a flight attendant, and banged the cockpit’s door.

The Indian national was caught on video swearing at other passengers and shouting praises for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Punjab. 

The passenger could be heard speaking in his native tongue “Modi, my brother Modi…Modi, Modi. Modi is calling, come here. Udta Punjab,” and “Jesus will have to leave.”

Despite the efforts of the flight attendants and other passengers, the Indian man continued his tirade and started shoving those who came near him. 

Border Police Department at Sofia Airport chief Commissioner Teodor Cheshmedjiev, said that the plane requested the emergency landing at 4:10 pm Friday.

The Indian man, whose identity was not disclosed was then removed from the plane and has been charged with endangering flight safety which could land him a 10-year prison sentence.

“After the troublemaker’s detention, the flight proceeded to its destination,” said  Sofia City Prosecutor Iliana Kirilova.

The Indian man has already been provided with a court-appointed lawyer and an interpreter for the trial. 

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