1. ITV Report

'Out of control' passenger forces plane to make U-turn

An “out of control” passenger has forced a Heathrow-bound Virgin Atlantic flight to make a U-turn and fly back to Hong Kong.

Just over an hour-and-a-half into the journey, Flight VS201 was forced to turn back after a 26-year-old passenger “lost control and didn’t follow instructions from staff”.

Fellow passengers claimed he shouted and intimidated travellers before being restrained by belts.

Virgin Atlantic confirmed the flight made a U-turn die to the Credit: PA

Katie Wong, who claimed to be on board the disrupted flight, wrote on Facebook:

He just gone out of control. The captain announced we’re diverting the flight. The crew ended up putting him down temporarily with an injection (we guess) and tied him up with belts.

– Katie Wong

In a statement Virgin Atlantic said:

Virgin Atlantic can confirm that due to a disruptive passenger flight VS201 to London Heathrow returned to Hong Kong and was met by authorities on arrival.

Virgin Atlantic does not tolerate disruptive behaviour by passengers on-board and the safety and welfare of our passengers and crew is the airline’s top priority.

– Virgin Atlantic
The flight was forced to fly back to Hong Kong International Airport. Credit: PA

A Hong Kong police spokesman told the Evening Standard: "The foreign man called Robert, who is 26 years old, lost control on board and didn’t follow instructions from staff on the flight."

The man, identified only as “Robert”, was arrested when the plane landed at Hong Kong International Airport for "violating aviation security ordinance", authorities said.

Passengers have been put up in hotels before they will fly out again late this evening.