The Transavia aircraft from Paris to Tunis made an emergency landing at Nice International Airport last night after a passenger acted “violently” towards cabin crew.
A 30-year-old Tunisian man allegedly attempted to enter the cockpit of the Boeing 737-800 aircraft after praying at the door, according to French newspaper Le Monde.
Eyewitnesses said he became agitated with the head of the cabin when he was refused access to the cockpit while the plane was in mid-air.
EMERGENCY LANDING: The man was arrested when the Transavia flight landed at Nice airport (Pic: YOUTUBE)
SHOCKING: Footage of the man’s arrested was shared to social media (Pic: TWITTER)
“He will be referred to a psychiatric hospital”Nice prosecutor
In shocking video footage taken by a passenger the man appears to repeatedly shout “Allahu Akbar” – meaning “God is great” in Arabic – as he was removed from the plane.
In the video three French policemen can be seen attempting to restrain the man as he shouts the phrase among horrified passengers.
The man, who has not been named, was arrested by police after the plane landed at around 6.30pm local time in Nice, southern France.
MID-AIR INCIDENT: The man allegedly tried to enter the cockpit (Pic: TWITTER)
Nice prosecutor Jean- Michel Priest said the flight was forced to land Thursday, January 24, “because of the violent behaviour of a passenger”.
The prosecutor said he has been referred to a psychiatric facility after a medical examination deemed him to be suffering from mental health problems.
The incident is not reported to be terror-related. source