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Iran man held after attack on crew in Turkish plane


Turkish police arrested an Iranian passenger on a domestic flight after he attacked cabin crew because he was angered by a six-hour delay, the Anatolia news agency reported on Tuesday.

The passenger, identified only as S.R.I., was scheduled to fly from Istanbul to Antalya in southern Turkey on Monday evening on an Onur Air plane, but heavy snowfall in Istanbul caused long delays.

Turkish authorities cancelled almost 200 flights Monday in Istanbul.

Angered by a three-hour delay before boarding and another three-hour wait inside the plane, the Iranian passenger broke one of the plane's window protectors and attacked cabin crew, Anatolia reported.

He also stole food being served and attempted to force his way into the cockpit, leading the pilot to call police and an ambulance. Police arrested the passenger and the flight was cancelled.