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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Plane Turns Back After Fight

Unwanted amorous advances sparked a brawl on a flight to Turkey that prompted the crew to order the plane back to St. Petersburg's Pulkovo airport, Interfax reported Friday.

The fight broke out Thursday when a male passenger began to flirt with a woman on board, an unidentified transportation police official told Interfax. When she rejected his advances, the man responded by punching her in the face.

The woman's traveling companion, who had been asleep during the altercation, woke up and rushed to her defense, the official said.

The crew decided to turn back when they were unable to get the fight under control, the official told Interfax.

Rossia, the state airline President Vladimir Putin uses and owner of the aircraft, is demanding payment from the unruly passengers for the interrupted flight and damage to the aircraft, which was estimated at $30,000, reported.

Airport and transportation police officials were unavailable for comment.

Passengers commonly kick off their vacations with duty free alcohol on flights to destinations such as Turkey and Egypt, though it was unclear whether alcohol played any role in the incident.

Onboard incidents caused by drunken passengers are also common.

In one "man-bites-dog" incident in July 2004, three male flight attendants got drunk and beat up a passenger who complained about poor service on a flight from Moscow to the west Siberian town of Nizhnevartovsk.