MS983, a Boeing 777-200 bound for New York JFK, was delayed for several hours on Thursday (15Aug) after the captain and chief steward grappled with each other in front of passengers.
The dispute broke after the captain refused the steward's request to bring the airport doctor aboard to treat a woman suffering from piles, according to the story published in major newspapers.
The captain argued that there was no time for a doctor, punched the steward because he insisted, and crew members had to step in to end the fight. The captain ordered the chief steward off the plane, but a doctor was nevertheless brought in and gave the bleeding passenger a shot that allowed to her to remain aboard the plane.
EgyptAir chairman Gabdel Fattah Katu has ordered an investigation into the incident, pending which the unnamed captain and steward will not be allowed to work.
According to Al-Gomhuriya newspaper, the chief steward has also filed a lawsuit against the captain.
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