Drunk passenger causes plane chaos

A LUFTHANSA passenger jet made an emergency landing in the Polish city of Katowice yesterday after a drunk passenger began shouting that he was a terrorist, border guards said.

The middle-aged, Russian-speaking passenger offered no resistance when an anti-terrorist squad boarded the plane to remove him, said border guard spokesman Cezary Zaborski.

The passenger was due to be questioned later when he sobered up.

The Lufthansa Airbus A320 with 118 people on board continued its journey after a one-hour delay.

Meanwhile, a KLM flight headed for Hyderabad in India’s south skipped its destination and flew across India because the pilot was unaware the city had a new airport, a report said yesterday.

The confusion occurred barely hours after the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport became operational after midnight on Saturday, said the Times of India.

The pilot of the KLM flight, which had taken off from Amsterdam, headed to Hyderabad’s old airport and was told by air traffic control the facility had been shut, the report said.

When directed to fly to the new airport, the unnamed pilot replied: “What’s that?” and flew instead first to New Delhi, from where he took the plane to Mumbai after being declined permission to land, it said.

The plane had 243 passengers when it approached Hyderabad at 1.45am Indian time on Sunday.

The Times of India cited a source as saying the pilot had been reluctant to land in Shamshabad because KLM’s headquarters had not received a notice about the closure of the old and the opening of the new facility.

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