Planes make emergency landings for a variety of reasons. Here’s a new one to add to the list, as reported by The Moscow Times:
A criminal case on charges of hooliganism has been opened against the former deputy governor of the Chelyabinsk region on charges of hooliganism for beginning a fistfight with a flight attendant.
A Moscow-bound plane had to make an emergency landing in Novosibirsk on Sunday after Andrei Tretyakov, allegedly drunk, beat up a flight attendant in a dispute over the toilet, a police spokesman said.
Yes, it was all about a dispute over a toilet.
“The man was an economy class passenger and tried to use a business class toilet, which is against the rules. He had a spat with a flight attendant and punched him seven or ten times,” a Siberian transport police spokesman said.
And who was this man?
The former governor, aged 45, was already drunk when he boarded Globus airline’s Moscow-bound plane in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk on Sunday night, police said.
Tretaykov was dismissed from his position in the Chelyabinsk region in 2011 and currently says he is an external advisor to the Natural Resources Ministry, Interfax reported. He was also the acting head of the state geology holding company Rosgeology from May 2012 to June 2013.
Think he was fun to work for? And what about the poor flight attendant?
… [he] was hospitalized and diagnosed with a head injury and bruises.
Tretyakov was detained and taken to a Novosibirsk police department.
Convictions for hooliganism can carry up to a five-year prison term, though the average fine for unruly in-flight conduct in Russia is 5,000 rubles ($150).
The plane was refueled and took off about two hours later.
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