Attendants' fight sends United flight back to N.C.

By Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY

A fight between two flight attendants forced a Chicago-bound UnitedAirlines flight to Raleigh/Durham International Airport shortly aftertakeoff this morning, according to The News & Observer of Raleigh.

"Ourlaw enforcement team was notified by the tower that the captain hadrequested law enforcement to meet the aircraft," Mindy Hamlin, RDUspokeswoman, tells the News & Observer. "The aircraft had gotten about 50 miles out when he reported a possible assault on the aircraft."

LOCAL REPORT: Altercation between two flight attendants sends United jet back to RDU (The News & Observer)

Theincident comes exactly one week after separate spat between attendantsaffected a flight on a major airline. That incident came last Wednesday(Sept. 20) when an altercation between two American Eagle attendantsdelayed a New York-to-Washington flight on by more than four hours.American Eagle is the regional affiliate for American Airlines.

LAST WEEK: Flight attendant spat causes four-hour delay on American Eagle

As for the most recent flight attendant feud, RDU spokeswoman Hamlin tells ABC 11 of Raleigh-Durham an earlier disagreement between the two United attendants apparentlyescalated when one brushed the other - reportedly by accident.

Itwas shortly after that - according to the media reports - that thecaptain of United Flight 1214 decided to return to the Boeing 737-800 toRaleigh/Durham. The flight, which departed at 6:05 a.m., touched downat the airport about 40 minutes after takeoff.

While the argumentwas enough to convince the captain to return, ABC 11 reports:"Investigators determined no blows were exchanged and no assault hadtaken place. There were no arrests."


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