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Plane delayed after couple's fight turned violent just before take-off

Mirror logo Mirror 19/04/2017 Stephen Jones
The delayed flight too off late - after the pair were arrested (Photo: AsiaWire) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc The delayed flight too off late - after the pair were arrested (Photo: AsiaWire)

A plane full of passengers was delayed after a married couple started wrestling on the tarmac in a blazing row before take-off.

The couple ended up brawling on the floor - with the husband pinning his wife to the ground and swinging his fists in the direction of her face - as they clashed.

The flight was delayed by around half an hour as airport staff struggled to bring the quarrelling pair on the tarmac in to order.

The husband and wife were filmed shouting at one another at the bottom of the steps leading onto China Eastern Airlines Flight 5843 - which was minutes away from leaving Changshui International Airport.

The pair delayed the flight as they fought on the tarmac (Photo: AsiaWire) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc The pair delayed the flight as they fought on the tarmac (Photo: AsiaWire)

According to staff at the airport, the pair began raising their voices while standing in the queue. They then apparently refused to board the 11am flight to Chengdu in the neighbouring province in southwest China.

Shouts quickly descended into a physical fight- and at one point, the man even manages to lose his T-shirt after it is tugged off by his spouse.

He is later shown pinning her to the ground. 

Airline staff were called to break up the fight between the couple - but footage of the bizarre incident shows the violence escalated.

Kunming City authorities were eventually called and the couple were denied access to the plane when they eventually stopped fighting.

Flight MU 5843 took off with a 28-minute delay, eventually landing in Chengdu at 12:36pm local time.

The unnamed couple, however, have been arrested and are now under investigation.

Police said the pair were in the middle of a divorce.

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