Ten arrested on Dakar flight after they tried to prevent a deportation

Passengers attacked officers at Madrid airport after Senegalese man called for help

Iberia planes at Barajas airport, where the incident took place.
Iberia planes at Barajas airport, where the incident took place.Victor R. Caivano / AP

A fight broke out on an Iberia airplane flying from Madrid to Dakar on Wednesday after passengers assaulted police officers who were in charge of the deportation of an illegal migrant.

The undocumented man, who was being taken back to Senegal, began shouting for help. That prompted several fellow countrymen to get up from their seats and try to pull him away from the two Spanish officials, said a National Police spokesman.

The detainees have been charged with causing personal injuries, disorderly conduct and assaulting law enforcement officers

Both police officers and two flight attendants were injured in the ensuing scuffle, and 10 passengers were arrested, including the deportee.

The incident took place at 6.30pm at Madrid’s Adolfo Suárez-Barajas airport. The undocumented migrant’s identity has not been released.

The two officers under attack requested assistance from their colleagues at the police precinct inside the airport, according to the same sources.

The detainees have been charged with causing personal injuries, disorderly conduct and assaulting law enforcement officers.

One police officer sustained a fractured ankle, while the other suffered extensive bruising, as did the two female flight attendants.

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