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5 women get into brawl on airplane, face charges

By Xu Chi (Shanghai Daily)

08:16, July 02, 2012

FIVE women were asked to get off a plane and taken into custody by police during a stopover in Wuhan City after four of them beat the fifth woman, who had refused to adjust her seat during the flight, local media reported.

The mid-air incident occurred on a flight from Kunming City of Yunnan Province to Shenyang of Liaoning Province on Saturday morning as a woman surnamed Liu, in her thirties, adjusted her seat to lean backwards, annoying a passenger behind her.

According to Wuhan Evening News, the passenger, surnamed Xu, 18, asked Liu to move her seat back up but Liu refused, telling her that other passengers were leaning their seats back, too.

Xu then angrily kicked the back of Liu's seat. Liu stood up and slapped Xu in the face, the newspaper said.

But Xu was not traveling alone. The young woman was accompanied by another three women - her mother, her aunt and a classmate who were traveling home from a vacation in Yunnan Province.

Seeing that Xu had been struck, the three women all assaulted Liu. They beat her with fists and kicked and scratched her, the newspaper said. Liu had several scratches on her body and her clothes were ripped but the plane's crew couldn't stop the fight.

It was not until the crew alerted police and other passengers stepped in that the fighting stopped.

They were ordered off at Wuhan City of Hubei Province and charged with violating aviation regulations and seriously threatening flight safety. Police said Xu's family agreed to pay 1,000 yuan (US$157) to Liu as compensation.

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