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Pilot turns plane around over fighting flight attendants

4:44 AM, Sep 27, 2012   |    comments
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A fight between two attendants forced a Chicago-bound United Airlines flight to return to Raleigh/Durham shortly after takeoff this morning, according to The News & Observer of Raleigh.

"Our law enforcement team was notified by the tower that the captain had requested law enforcement to meet the aircraft," Mindy Hamlin, RDU spokeswoman, tells the News & Observer. "The aircraft had gotten about 50 miles out when he reported a possible assault on the aircraft."

LOCAL REPORT: Altercation between two flight attendants sends United jet back to RDU (The News & Observer)

In the end, The Associated Press writes "it turned out (only) to be a tiff between flight attendants."

The incident comes exactly one week after a spat between attendants disrupted a flight on American Airlines affiliate American Eagle. That incident came last Wednesday (Sept. 20), with the altercation delaying the New York-to-Washington flight by more than four hours.

LAST WEEK: Flight attendant spat causes four-hour delay on American Eagle

As for the most recent flight attendant feud, RDU spokeswoman Hamlin tells ABC 11 of Raleigh-Durham an earlier disagreement between the two United attendants escalated when one brushed into the other - reportedly by accident.

It was shortly after that - according to the media reports - that the captain of United Flight 1214 decided to return the Boeing 737-800 to Raleigh/Durham. The flight, which departed at 6:05 a.m. ET, touched down at the airport again about 40 minutes after takeoff.

While the argument was enough to convince the captain to return, ABC 11 reports: "Investigators determined no blows were exchanged and no assault had taken place. There were no arrests."

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