A pilot for Delta Airlines was caught on tape striking a female passenger who was fighting another woman on an airport ramp in Atlanta.
According to a report and two videos released by TMZ, two women who knew each other had been arguing aboard an April 21, 2017, flight to Atlanta. Almost as soon as they made their way off the plane and onto the ramp at the airport in Atlanta, a fight between the two women broke out. The women can be seen in two different videos recorded by other passengers hitting and dragging one another to the ground.
A woman who appears to know at least one of the two women in the fight attempted to break up the altercation, and the plane’s pilot can be heard on the video shouting for the fight to end and seen trying to pull the women apart. The videos then show the pilot hitting one of the women as she laid on the ground and then immediately walking away. It appears the pilot struck the woman in the upper body, possibly the shoulder.
TMZ reported on Saturday Delta Airlines told the website they are aware of the incident and determined after an investigation the pilot “deescalated” the situation.
"We became aware of this incident and a video last week and immediately removed the pilot from duty while we completed a thorough investigation,” a representative for Delta told TMZ. “Local law enforcement was called to respond at the time of the incident. The pilot has since been returned to work as our investigation found that his actions deescalated an altercation between passengers on the jetway floor during deplaning.”
According to a report by the Washington Post, no one has been charged with a crime in the incident, including the pilot.
The two videos captured the fight from different angles. Here’s the first:
The second video appears below: