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  • 12 August 2014, 1:19

'Disruptive' Passenger Forces London Jet U-Turn

A London-bound plane was forced to return to Hong Kong after a passenger became "disruptive".

The 26-year-old man, identified only as "Robert", was on a Virgin Atlantic flight bound for Heathrow when staff raised the alarm.

Flight VS201 had been in the air for 90 minutes when the pilot turned the jet around.

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

"He was shouting ... when the flight returned to Hong Kong, the man was arrested for violating aviation security ordinance and was sent to Princess Margaret Hospital."

A passenger, who claimed to be on the flight, said the man had to be restrained with belts during the incident.

Katie Wong wrote on Facebook: "He just gone out of control. Talk loud and walking [around] ...

"The crew ended up put him down temporarily with an injection (we guess) and tied him up with belts."

Passengers were offered accommodation in Hong Kong and were due to fly out again on Monday evening.

A spokeswoman for Virgin Atlantic said: "We 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."

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