Now that’s what you call turbulence.
Meal trays were scattered all over the floor of a Royal Air Maroc flight last Tuesday. How did they get there? Well, that’s up for debate.
According to the airline forum Crash Aerien, the flight was traveling between Mohamed V International Airport in Morocco and headed to Portela International airport in Lisbon. Shortly before landing, passengers heard a loud noise and equipment breaking. Initially, some of the travelers thought it was a mechanical problem with the plane and feared that they were going to crash.
Then, several passengers claim they witnessed two air hostesses in a heated dispute, which they believe resulted in the meal cart falling to the ground. Crash Aerian reported that several passengers “complained of a non-professional behavior.”
The airline, however, denies all claims of a dispute, instead blaming the disturbance on an accident.
“We rue news reports insinuating a fight between two members of staff on a Casablanca-Lisbon flight. The plates actually fell inadvertently,” Air Maroc said in a tweet.
Another tweet added: “We are sorry to all passengers on this flight for the disturbance caused.”
In an interview with the website Yabiladi, the airline denied a physical altercation, but eventually admitted that there had been a verbal dispute on the plane due to human error.
“One of the air stewards had forgotten to lock the service trolley away after placing it in the back of the cabin,” a spokesperson said. “With the time pressure and all the services they must provide, oversights are possible.”