A MAN “slapped” a woman during an air rage brawl during a Turkish Airlines holiday flight from Istanbul to Russia.
A total of three passengers were eventually thrown off the flight in Istanbul after the fight erupted just minutes before take-off.
The Russians – two men and one woman – were accused of hooliganism as they took their seats on the Turkish Airlines flight.
A shocking video shows other passengers crowding round in a desperate bid to calm the economy class brawl involving tourists returning to Russia from their Turkish holidays.
Eventually two female flight crew arrive.
Babies are heard crying as other tourist passengers nervously look on amid suspicions the participants were intoxicated when the boarded the tourist flight.
At one point a male passenger was accused of “beating” a woman as the A319 Airbus flight from Istanbul to Yekaterinburg was readying for take-off.
A witness called Alexander said: “A woman was the first to throw her fists and then a grey-haired man slapped her in the face in response.”
Then “a man to the left stood up for her” and joined the fracas declaring “How can you beat a woman?”
Other passengers and female crew members rushed to calm the air rage mayhem.
The three involved in the fight were taken off the plane by police before take-off, it is understood.
“They were removed from the flight,” Alexander told E1.RU.
Their baggage was also removed.
It is understood the two men and one woman were taken into custody in Istanbul.
The overnight flight left after a delay of around 45 minutes early today without the three Russians.
It arrived at 6.55am in Yekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth city.
Reports said the reason for the conflict on flight TK-475 was not clear.