Crew members on an Alitalia plane countered the attempted hijacking of a Paris-Italy flight by a man who demanded the plane change its destination to Libya.
On Sunday, the man identified as Kazakhstani Valery Tolmachev, 48, reportedly held a knife to a flight attendant, demanding that the plane divert to the Libyan capital, Tripoli, the state funded BBC reported.
"A passenger in an evident state of agitation assaulted a flight attendant, demanding that the flight be diverted to Tripoli. Thanks to the swift intervention of the other flight attendants the attacker was restrained in his seat and the flight continued towards Rome Fiumicino where it landed normally,” Alitalia said in a statement.
According to Italian police, the female attendant was slightly injured as four crew and passengers overpowered the suspect.
The man was sedated by a doctor among the passengers, and then seated for the remainder of the flight.
After the flight landed at Rome's Fiumicino airport, Tolmachev was arrested and taken in by police.
Reports suggests that Tolmachev may be a member of the Kazakh delegation at UNESCO in Paris.