Flight carrying Conor McGregor fans forced to divert following 'drunk Irish fella' causing disturbance
Published 11/12/2015 | 11:08
A JetBlue flight from New York to Las Vegas was forced to return to John F Kennedy International airport following an in-flight disturbance.
The flight left JFK Airport just before 8pm local time and was carrying a number of Irish UFC supporters ahead of Conor's McGregor's title unification fight with Jose Aldo this weekend but had to return to New York after flight crew were forced to intervene when passengers became involved in an altercation.
The airline did not confirm that the altercation involved Irish fans, but other passengers on board have posted on Facebook that two Irish people were involved.
"On December 10, a disturbance between customers occurred on JetBlue flight 611 from New York JFK to Las Vegas," a company spokesperson told Independent.ie
"The flight returned to JFK where the aircraft was met by local authorities and the customers were removed. The flight then continued on to its destination."
David Coyne was a passenger onboard and posted the sequence of events on Facebook, adding that another unruly passenger had delayed the flight take-off time.
"Seriously pi**ed off here," he wrote.
"Got delayed at JFK because every time the flight attendant tried to read out the safety procedures onboard the aircraft this drunk Irish fella kept singing Ole Ole Ole & Oggy oggy oggy. So flight crew call the cops and your man gets escorted off the plane. Cos we missed our cue to set off we had to taxi on the runway for ages before we got a slot to take off.
"Then we eventually get going, about 25 mins into a 5 and a half hour flight, these other two Irish lads start kicking off at each other. Got very heated and one guy despite everyone on the plane shouting at him to sit down, struck out and threw a few slaps at the other lad. Flight crew go mad, separate the two fellas and now we are on our way back to JFK again!"
A video has been posted on Facebook of authorities entering the plane after it landed.
As many as 11,000 people are expected to attend tonight's weigh-in as Las Vegas prepares for UFC 194, with huge numbers of Irish supporters travelling to support the Irish UFC star.
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