Woman 'who'd just been dumped' sparks mid-air emergency by smashing plane window

A passenger flight was forced to make an emergency landing after a drunk woman broke a plane window with one punch mid-flight.

The incident took place last month on the domestic Loong Air flight after it took off from Xining, the capital of Qinghai Province in north-western China.

Footage released by the airline company shows the intoxicated passenger, known as Ms Li, crying at her window seat while flight attendants approach to offer help.

As the crew member attempts to move her from the seat and restrain her, she punches the window next to her, cracking open the first layer.



The pilot had to make an unscheduled stop at Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport in central China.

The Airbus A320 touched down in at the airport without further issue and no one was harmed during the mid-air scare, a police report said on June 12.

Airport authorities said the 29-year-old passenger “lost control of her emotions” on the flight on May 25 and it is thought to have been dumped by her boyfriend.



Ms Li sent a punch to the plane window and left a crack on the first layer of glass

Zhengzhou police said she drank half a litre of the Chinese grain alcohol known as “baijiu”, which has a typical alcohol by volume of between 35% to 60%, prior to boarding the domestic flight.

It was bound for the coastal city of Yancheng in Jiangsu province.

Ms Li was arrested for a public order offence and detained.

Her blood alcohol content was measured at 160 mg / 100 ml, according to Zhengzhou police, who did not say how long she was remanded for, or whether she would be fined for damage caused to the aircraft.

It was unclear whether she faced being blacklisted by China’s civil aviation authority as punishment.

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