Former NHL star Oleg Saprykin is being held in jail after allegedly knocking down an air stewardess and forcing an emergency landing during a Russian internal flight, according to local media reports.
The former NHL player was identified as the alleged perpetrator of an incident during an Aurora Airlines domestic flight from Sochi to Moscow.
Seated in the business class section of the flight, Saprykin was reportedly intoxicated and became angry when a flight attendant refused to serve him any more whisky.
And reports suggest that he got up from his seat in protestation and, as the stewardess attempted to calm him, he struck her on the head.
According to one report:
"The young woman fell on the floor and was badly bruised."Footage online, said to be from the Russian Interior Ministry, reportedly shows Saprykin shouting at the flight crew and also inside a detention cell.
News agency Interfax reported:
"The passenger attacked the flight attendant with such force that she collapsed on the floor.
"The pilot then took a decision to interrupt the flight."
And a source confirmed:
"As soon as the drunk man was detained, the plane continued the flight to Moscow."
Another Russian Interior Ministry clip showed Saprykin in a cell, wearing just his underwear, banging on the door and throwing pieces of broken furniture through the bars of the door.
The flight attendant opted not to press charges against Saprykin, meaning the former NHL star will have to pay a "small fine".
He's extremely lucky.
At least give him five for fighting.
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