The height of idiocy: United Airlines flight forced into emergency landing escorted by two F-16s... after passengers get into a fight over a reclined seat
Last updated at 3:30 AM on 1st June 2011
Flight 990, from Washington's Dulles Airport bound for Accra in Ghana, had 144 people on board when the fight broke out on Sunday night, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said. A United Airlines flight was forced to make a dramatic emergency landing escorted by two F-16 fighter jets after two passengers started a fistfight over a reclined seat, it has emerged.
Government officials confirmed that fighter jets were scrambled from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.
Scroll down to hear audio of the pilot's distress call
A long haul United Airlines flight at Dulles Airport (file photo), similar to the one force to make an emergency landing on Sunday evening
United spokesman Mike Trevino said Tuesday that the Boeing 767 dumped fuel as a safety precaution to lighten its weight on landing.
The Washington Post, which first reported the incident, reported that the fight began not long after takeoff when a passenger lowered his seat and a passenger behind him objected.
Hear audio of the pilot's distress call here
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