Argument over a food tray between Captain and the co-pilot in the mid-air turned into physical fight in the Iraqi Airways cockpit.
Pilots started fighting at 37,000 ft, shortly after takeoff from the Iranian city of Mashhad, and the Security guards on the plane intervened to stop the fight.
“Conversation heated up after the Captain forbade an air hostess from bringing me a meal tray…” said the copilot.
The aircraft with 157 passengers landed safely at the Iraq capital Baghdad.
Both the pilots were suspended on Thursday and the Iraq’s Ministry of Transportation committee said that Captain Ali Ahmed Yaqub will retire and Captain Ali Ahmed Salih will be dismissed.