HONG KONG - A Cathay Pacific steward was attacked by an elderly passenger who tried to barge into the plane's cockpit during the flight.
The cabin crew, a Taiwanese, was hit repeatedly by the 83-year-old man with a walking cane until it broke.
The unruly passenger had to be restrained with the help of other crew members. The injured steward suffered head trauma and vomiting, and had to be stretchered off the plane when it landed in Australia.
According to Hong Kong news reports, the incident took place on Jan 26 on flight CX 105, which left Hong Kong at 11.43pm for Adelaide. The plane was carrying 258 passengers.
Reports said the elderly passenger was seen behaving strangely after the in-flight meal. He took hold of his luggage and requested to disembark during the flight. Later, he attempted to barge into the cockpit.
He was placed under arrest after the plane landed in Adelaide.
Eyewitnesses interviewed by an Australian news channel said they did not see the fracas taking place, but they were alarmed by the cabin crew dashing down the aisle to the front of the plane.
One passenger said he heard a stewardess shouting "Echo! Echo!" over the intercom, which is believed to be the airline's codeword for alerting the captain to an emergency situation of someone trying to enter the cockpit.