A Delta Air Lines plane was grounded recently after two flight attendants on a Los Angeles-to-Minneapolis flight got into a fist fight at 37,000 feet.
The Jan. 22 altercation began when a disagreement about “work issues” escalated into the altercation, according to the Aviation Herald. A third woman attempting to break up the fight was hit by “flying fists,” the publication reported.
The plane was about 200 miles south of Salt Lake City when the captain decided to land the Boeing 757 at Salt Lake City International Airport.
The reason for landing, according to the Herald, was because the pilot “wanted to hear from his flight attendants.” The plane stayed on the ground for 80 minutes before taking off and reaching Minneapolis more than an hour late, according to the Herald.
In a statement emailed to The Washington Post on Monday, the airline confirmed the incident and offered an apology.
“Delta apologizes to those customers who were inconvenienced after flight 2598 from Los Angeles to Minneapolis-St. Paul made an unscheduled stop in Salt Lake City following an altercation involving two flight attendants on board,” the statement said. “The actions of these crew members in no way reflect the values and professionalism we expect from all of our employees.”
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SOURCE: The Washington Post, Peter Holley