Unruly Indian man returning home from Paris forces Air France flight to make emergency landing in Bulgaria

An Air France flight from Paris to New Delhi made an emergency landing at Sofia Airport in Bulgaria on Friday because of a disruptive passenger aboard.

The passenger, an Indian citizen, began to act up soon after take-off, quarrelling with other passengers, assaulting a flight attendant and pummelling the cockpit’s door, Ivailo Angelov, an official at the Bulgarian National Investigation Agency said.

His aggressive behaviour prompted the flight’s commander to seek an emergency landing in Sofia. The man, whose name was not revealed, was taken off the aircraft and has been charged with endangering flight safety. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.

“We are investigating both his actions and his motives,” Angelov told reporters. “There is no reasonable explanation for his behaviour,” Angelov said.

After the unruly passenger was deboarded the flight resumed its journey to New Delhi.