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Fight Breaks Out On Southwest Airlines Plane (Video)

| by Michael Allen

A wild fight broke out aboard a Southwest Airlines plane on May 7 during a layover at the Hollywood Burbank Airport in California (video below).

In the video, two men can be seen fighting in a row of seats while a woman yells: "What is wrong with you? Get off!"

A passenger who filmed the fight, Michael Krause, told KCBS: "Everyone was de-planing then all heck broke loose."

The news station notes that a Southwest flight attendant tried to stop the fight, but the men tumbled on top of the attendant and the woman.

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Michael shared the video with his son Nick, who posted it on Twitter, where it went viral.

Michael praised the flight attendant who was dressed in blue:

She was running down the aisle toward danger, and she got trapped ... Nowadays, on the airlines you always hear bad things, I think that was a great thing she did for Southwest, trying to protect everybody. I just wanted to talk to people to show, hey, they're not all bad.

Michael, who is recovering from surgery for a broken hand, also recalled the incident for the Washington Post:

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I heard a noise. One of the gentleman had the other pinned up against the overhead bin. The fight ensued from there. The stewardess was cleaning at the front. She’s running toward the fray, which I thought was heroic on her behalf.

The taller guy gets his feet under him. He flings, wrestles the shorter guy down, who fell on top of the lady, who fell on top of the flight attendant. And the tall guy just starts wailing on the shorter guy. The guy was strong, he could have kept going if he’d wanted to. [The flight attendant] was the smallest one of all of them, and she was going in there. Oh God, I hope she’s okay.

The men continued throwing punches until some other passengers were able to separate them.

Chaz Cable was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor battery, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Southwest said in a statement that the flight originated from Dallas and was going to Oakland when it stopped in Burbank for a layover:

We’re grateful to our employees who quickly reacted to break up a fight involving three customers. One customer had minor injuries, but was able to travel onward. We have no other reports of injuries.

Southwest Airlines called its employees "heroes," notes CNN:

Our employees are our everyday heroes and are trained to de-escalate conflict while delivering heartfelt hospitality on nearly 4,000 flights to nearly the half-million customers who fly Southwest every day.

Sources: Los Angeles Times, KCBS, Nick Krause‏/Twitter, CNN, Washington Post / Photo Credit: BriYYZ/Flickr

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