A passenger plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Moscow after a wannabe pilot punched a stewardess in the face and said there was a bomb on board.
The bearded student terrorised other passengers and crew, saying there would be an explosion ‘soon’.
Davlatkadam Davlatkadamov, from the former-Soviet republic of Tajikistan, fought with other passengers before punching a stewardess in the face as she tried to calm him down.
The 25-year-old went ‘berserk’ by fighting, attacking the female flight attendant and then telling everyone to pray to Allah.
Davlatkadam Davlatkadamov was restrained by passengers and crew who bound his hands and feet with cling film until the pilot carried out an emergency landing
The Ural Airlines Airbus A321 returned to Moscow soon after take-off from Zhukovsky airport yesterday.
A video shows the ‘air hooligan’ after he was forced to a seat with his hands and feet bound together with cling film ahead of the emergency landing at Zhukovsky airport in Moscow.
A fellow passenger guarded him as the almost-full plane returned to Moscow – telling him to ‘keep silent’.
At one point he slapped the troublemaker on the face.
Davlatkadamov was heard shouting: ‘Let’s pray! Pray to Allah! Pray to Allah! This plane will blow up!’
The bearded wannabe pilot said: ‘let’s pray! Pray to Allah! Pray to Allah! This plane will blow up!’ after punching a flight attendant in the face
The Ural Airlines Airbus A321 returned to Moscow soon after take-off from Zhukovsky airport yesterday
The incident was on a scheduled flight from Moscow to Dushanbe, the capital Tajikistan.
A fellow passenger said: ‘He went berserk on the flight.’
After landing the Davlatkadamov, a student in the Russian city of Omsk, was detained by police.
He faces a criminal investigation for hooliganism on board an aircraft.
Davlatkadamov refused to be tested for drugs and alcohol, it was reported.
The plane was searched for 40 minutes for a bomb before it was cleared to take off again for Dushanbe.
Today it was revealed the man behind the air rage had trained as a pilot and was studying production of aircraft engines in Omsk.
His father, who works at Dushanbe, said his son had applied for a Russian passport but was refused.
Passengers and crew guarded Davlatkadamov as the plane came into land and one even slapped him in the face and told him to ‘keep silent’.
His father Saidkadam Davlatkadamov said his son had applied for a Russian passport but was refused.
Soon after take off from Zhukovsky airport yesterday the pilot carried out an emergency landing after Davlatkadamov attacked a stewardess and claimed a bomb was on board
Saidkadam Davlatkadamov said: ‘For some reason, he did not succeed. Two weeks ago I got a call and he said that he was broken and upset.’
His father had ordered him to return home for ‘treatment’.
Vera Gasnikova, a spokeswoman for Ural Airlines, said: ‘He started a fight with another passenger and hit a stewardess. Her health is not in danger.
‘She is in satisfactory condition, other passengers were not hurt.
‘The unexpected landing is a serious expense for the airline and we have a right to sue the man for damages.’
The number of passengers and crew on board was not given but the A321 plane has a capacity of 220.
Ural Airlines is the fifth largest Russian civil airline.