Thursday, November 30, 2023
A Lufthansa flight en route to Bangkok had to be landed at Delhi Airport following a heated argument between a husband and wife on board, according to sources.
The flight from Munich alerted air traffic control about unruly passengers, prompting the diversion to Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport in Delhi on Wednesday morning.
The dispute unfolded between a German man and his Thai wife, escalating into a loud altercation during the flight. The wife, feeling threatened by her husband's behaviour, sought assistance from the pilot. Consequently, Lufthansa flight LH772 requested permission to land at IGI after an initial attempt at a Pakistan airport was denied.
Upon landing, airport security took charge, removing the husband from the flight and handing him over to authorities, as confirmed by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation sources.
The man has reportedly apologised to airport authorities, and discussions are underway with the German embassy regarding the incident. Both Delhi police and the paramilitary force CISF remain on the scene.
A decision is pending on whether the individual will be handed over to Indian security agencies or repatriated to Germany. The Lufthansa aircraft is expected to resume its journey to Thailand once necessary precautions, such as cooling off the tires, have been taken, as indicated by sources familiar with the situation.