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Lufthansa flight forced to land in Delhi after couple fight, as Pakistan denies landing request

Thai woman sought Lufthansa pilot's assistance, stating she felt "threatened" by her German husband's actions

By Web Desk
November 30, 2023
A Lufthansa airplane flies in the sky. — Lufthansa
A Lufthansa airplane flies in the sky. — Lufthansa

A Lufthansa flight bound for Bangkok was diverted to Delhi on Wednesday morning after an incident between a couple onboard and as the pilots warned air traffic control about the disruptive passengers, the flight from Munich had to land at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport, as per authorities.

According to accounts, a fight broke out between a German man and his Thai wife, resulting in a loud confrontation on board. 

The wife sought the pilot's assistance as well, stating she felt "threatened" by her husband's actions.

Soon later, Lufthansa Flight 772 requested permission to land at IGI. 

The airplane requested permission to land at a Pakistani airport first, but that request was rejected. 

When the plane touched down, the husband was removed from the plane and turned over to airport security, according to sources at the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.

According to airport officials, the individual has apologised to them, and security officers are in contact with the German embassy about the event. 

The Delhi police and the paramilitary CISF are on the site. The decision on whether the individual would be handed up to Indian security forces or repatriated to Germany is being made.

The Lufthansa plane will take off for Thailand once its tyres cool off, sources added.