A Turkish Airlines 777-300ER bound for Jakarta was forced to divert after a passenger violently attacked flight attendants.
Violent Passenger, Allegedly Under Influence Of Alcohol, Attacks Flight Attendants, Forcing Turkish Airlines 777-300ER To Divert
The incident occurred on TK56, operating from Istanbul (IST) to Jakarta (CGK) on October 11, 2022. Video of the incident has been shared on Twitter, in which flight attendants can be seen attempting to subdue a man. A Twitter caption identifies the passenger as 48-year-old Muhammad John Jaiz Boudewijn and claims that he was drunk, which prompted the attack.
Pesawat yang seharusnya mendarat di Bandara Soekarno Hatta pukul 18.05 WIB itu mengalami keterlambatan karena seorang penumpang yang merupakan WNI bernama Muhammad John Jaiz Boudewijn (48) mabuk dan menyerang kru pesawat.
— Catch Me Up! (@catchmeupid) October 12, 2022
The black thing one of the flight attendants is holding appears to be plastic handcuffs known as flex cuffs. Another passenger explained that the man threw a bottle of water at flight attendants, which perhaps occurred after being cut off from more alcohol?
After the incident, the flight diverted to Medan (KNO), the capital of Indonesia’s North Sumatra province. After landing at 5:35 pm, the passenger was removed. In fact, it seems as if the passenger was literally thrown off, because the flight departed again at 5:51 pm according to flight tracking data, just 16 minutes later. The 777 continued to Jakarta where it landed at 7:54 pm, roughly two hours, 20 minutes behind schedule. KNO-CGK is an 854-mile flight.
Alcohol-fueled incidents of violence may be common on U.S. airlines, but we don’t hear about them often on Turkish Airlines, where the alcohol flows freely. Here, video evidence clear shows a very disturbed passenger. He now faces an extended jail sentence as well and I suspect he is less likely to get a gentle slap on the wrist in the Republic of Indonesia.
Too bad this did not happen over Turkish airspace:
(H/T: Paddle Your Own Kanoo)