Two men recorded brawling on plane bound for the United States

Ruth Sherlock

Two men have been caught on video having a fist fight whilst awaiting take-off on a flight from Japan to the United States. 

The footage recorded by a fellow passenger on the All Nippon Airways flight from Tokyo's Narita airport to Los Angeles, shows the men, one in a red shirt and the other in a black t-shirt, swinging punches at each other across a seat. 

Corey Hour, the Phoenix-based videographer who captured the row on Monday said the man in the red shirt had told the other passenger he was "going to kill" him. 

"He literally just flipped,” Mr Hour told The Washington Post by phone on Tuesday. “Nobody knows why.”

In the video footage, the man in the black t-shirt shouts:  “Someone help! This guy is crazy!”

As a female flight attendant tried to intervene, the man in the red shirt screamed, “I’ll kill you,” along with several expletives.

The man in the red shirt appeared to be escorted off by a male flight attendant, but was shown returning shortly after. 

He then hit the other passenger once again and appeared to yell “America”.

The passenger in the black t-shirt shirt punched the man, and the female flight attendant appeared to be struck while she attempted to intervene. 

Throughout the event, the male passenger wearing the red shirt continued to scream about “the government".

Mr Hour said:  “He was actually predominantly talking about the government and corruption, but he wasn’t specifying which government.” 

An ANA spokesperson and police told the news outlet Japan Today that the 44-year-old American man was charged with assault. TMZ, who obtained the video footage, also confirmed the arrest.

“All Nippon Airways apologises to our passengers on Flight #6 to Los Angeles for the pre-flight incident,” an ANA spokesperson said in a statement to the Washington Post. 

“The individuals involved have been dealt with appropriately by local law enforcement.”

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