Drunk plane passenger breaks steward’s leg and attacks pilots in air rage frenzy

A drunk and angry passenger attacked both pilots in a Boeing 737 cockpit and broke the leg of a steward – before his flight had even taken off.

Maxim Pashnin, 36, also pushed a female flight attendant before he was overcome by the captain and his co-pilot and handed to police.

One account said that at one point he was “knocked down” by the flight deck crew.

The “air hooliganism” incident was on a 10.30am Aeroflot flight departing from Novosibirsk in Siberia to Moscow with 158 passengers.

The plumber, who now faces up to six years in jail, was removed from the aircraft before it flew to the Russian capital.


The alleged violent cockpit attack involving the two pilots and a stewardess was not caught on video.

But a camera picked up another sequence just inside the plane’s door, when the angry passenger was arguing with and pushing a male flight attendant who ordered Pashnin to stop being aggressive to his female colleague.

The passenger is heard threatening to “smash your face”.

A police source said: “Pashnin pushed the young woman stewardess inside the cockpit and then hit the pilots, the captain and the co-pilot.

“These three crew members resisted and managed block the hooligan, and to pass him into the hands of police. The plane flew without the man.”

Media outlet BAZA reported: “The pilots managed to knock down Pashnin and soon he was picked up by police.”

The Western Siberian Prosecutor’s office confirmed: “Maxim Pashnin was removed from the plane because he was going wild.”

The intoxicated passenger later attacked police, it is alleged, and now faces a series of charges relating to air hooliganism and violence against law enforcement officers.

A second video shows him behaving aggressively in Novosibirsk airport’s police department where ehe was eventually put in caged cell.


In the video on the plane, a steward is heard saying: “Hey, hey, don’t touch the young woman (flight attendant).

"Why are you raising your hand on her?Why are you raising your hand to a woman?”

Pashnin replies: "Shall I smash your face?”

The steward told him: “You don’t have a right to touch this young woman.”

The thuggish passenger replied: “She put her camera on me!”

But the steward told him: “You are behaving badly. Could you be quiet?”

The terrifying incident came as other passengers were trying to board the plane.

The man, from Chelyabinsk, had arrived at the plane smoking and the fracas began after he was told to put out his cigarette.

A female passenger said: "It's lucky all this happened at the airport rather than when we were flying.

"Can you imagine the terror if he had gone crazy during the flight?"

Doctors later confirmed the man was “intoxicated”, said law enforcement sources.

He is reported to have told police: “It is hard to fly Aeroflot when you are sober” – and referred to the recent plane inferno at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport in which 41 people died.

Aeroflot confirmed that a steward had suffered a broken leg in the flight brawl.

“An incident took place in board of Aeroflot SU1307 flight from Novosibirsk to Moscow on 14 May 2019 due to the destructive behaviour of one passenger,” the company said a statement.

“Having got on board with signs of alcohol intoxication, the man has violated the rules of behaving on board Aeroflot planes.

“He pushed away the steward and the aviation technician and tried to enter the cockpit.

“After that the man initiated the fight with passengers and with policemen who arrived to remove the hooligan from the flight.

“As a result, the senior steward has got an injury – his leg was broken.

“The flight was delayed 20 minutes."

The airline is pressing for the harshest possible punishment for the passenger.

“Aeroflot intends to demand the maximum punishment with paying damages to both the aviation company and its employees.”

Pashnin is to be blacklisted and banned from flying with Aeroflot, said the airline.

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