Published: 03 Sep 2012 17:25 GMT+02:00 | Print version
Updated: 03 Sep 2012 17:25 GMT+02:00
A brawl between two Chinese passengers forced a Swiss International Air Lines plane carrying around 200 people to Beijing to return to Zurich on Sunday night.
The captain decided to fly the Airbus A340 back to Switzerland after flying for four and a half hours.
“The way back to Zurich was shorter (than carrying on) to Beijing,” Swiss spokesman Mehdi Guenin told Blick.ch, the online news website.
Guenin said returning to Zurich was the safest option given the circumstances.
The passengers involved in the fight were arrested on the plane by Zurich police when the aircraft arrived at the Kloten airport.
Blick said from interviews with passengers it appeared the men were fighting over a headrest.
Guenin said the head of the flight attendants’ crew was injured when he tried to mediate the dispute between the two men, aged 29 and 57.
On Monday morning, Swiss was re-booking new flights for the 200 or so passengers affected by the disruption of flight LX 196.
The airline paid the costs of putting them up for the night in hotel rooms.
Zurich police said they would be interviewing the two men arrested on Monday.
The website of the French embassy in Switzerland removed a link that allowed users to open a Swiss bank account online after the government in Paris came under fire from an opposition critic. READ () »
Swiss discount supermarket chain Denner can resume selling its brand of Nespresso-compatible coffee capsules across Switzerland following a ruling by a trade tribunal in the canton of Saint Gallen. READ () »
Jakob Kellenberger, former Swiss diplomat and ex-president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, is taking over as head of Swisspeace, the Bern-based research institute. READ () »
Swiss luxury goods giant Richemont said on Tuesday that a top executive had resigned, amid expectations the group that owns Cartier, Piaget and Montblanc will sell off under-performing brands. READ () »
The crash of a Belgian coach that killed 28 passengers, including 22 children, on a ski trip to Switzerland last year was caused either by a malaise suffered by the driver or by his inattention, an official said on Tuesday. READ () »
An elderly woman is dead after an out-of-control car knocked her down on Monday in the centre of Lucerne, where she was walking. READ () »
More than 250 people took part in a march in Lausanne on Monday afternoon to protest against the judicial system in the wake of the death of Marie, a 19-year-old woman killed last Wednesday after being kidnapped. READ () »
In a surprise result, Zurich-based football club Grasshopper beat defending champions FC Basel on penalty kicks on Monday to gain the 19th Swiss Cup victory in its history. READ () »
After going undefeated throughout the world ice hockey championship tournament, Switzerland finally succumbed to home town favorite Sweden in the final, losing 5-1 in Stockholm on Sunday. READ () »
Switzerland will play hosts Sweden in the final of the world ice hockey championships on Sunday after each side registered a 3-0 semi-final victory over the United States and Finland respectively. READ () »