I came across an article from Fox News which reports that a Sudanese Muslim man tried to kill an Israeli man during a flight. The attack occurred towards the end of the flight.
The attack took place on an Ethiopian Airlines flight flying from Chad to Ethiopia. The Sudanese man tried to strangle the 54-year-old Israeli named Arik just before the plane’s descent.
While Fox News doesn’t share many of the details of what took place, a link in the article to YNet shares a lot more of the story.
The Israeli man works for an Israeli communications company in Africa and planned to fly to Israel after the flight landed in Addis Ababa.
Around 20 minutes before descent, the passenger sitting behind Arik identified him as Israeli and Jewish. The man then went on to choke him from behind and Arik couldn’t call out for help.
Arik told YNet, “He hit me over the head with a metal tray and shouted ‘Allah akbar’ and ‘I will slaughter the Jew.’ Only after a few seconds, just before I was about to lose consciousness, did I manage to call out and a flight attendant who saw what was happening summoned her colleagues.”
Most of the passengers on the flight didn’t get involved. Luckily a flight attendant saw what was happening and got the flight crew to help. The Israeli was guarded at the back of the plane for the remainder of the flight.
One passenger that did step in to help, a Lebanese man said that after the Sudanese man was overpowered, he tried to convince the other passengers to “finish him off”.
The Sudanese man was taken into custody when the plane landed and was due to appear in court.
This is pretty crazy and scary stuff. I couldn’t imagine something like this happening during a flight but after reading this, who knows anymore…