12/05/2016 12:22 BST | Updated 12/05/2016 13:00 BST

Female EasyJet Passenger 'Punched Captain In The Face' After Being Ordered Off Plane

She is understood to have attacked the pilot as she was led away.

A disruptive passenger punched a pilot in the face after being ordered to leave his plane.

The woman was arrested at Manchester Airport before the departure of the easyJet flight to Cyprus on Wednesday, The Press Association reports.

The airline issued a statement which read: "EasyJet can confirm that the police were called to attend flight EZY1973 from Manchester to Paphos prior to its departure on 11 May to assist with a disruptive passenger.

"The passenger was subsequently arrested. The safety and well-being of passengers and crew is always easyJet's priority.

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The woman is understood to have attacked the captain as she was led away (file photo)

"Whilst such incidents are rare, we take them very seriously, do not tolerate abusive or threatening behaviour on board and always push for prosecution."

The woman, 25, is understood to have attacked the captain of the plane as she was being led away.

The flight, which was due to depart at 2.10pm, eventually took off shortly before 4pm.