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.
Katie Wong, who claimed to be on board the disrupted flight, wrote on Facebook:
In a statement Virgin Atlantic said:
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.