A millionaire British businessman says he's been left traumatised after a fellow passenger bit off part of his ear while on a plane to Majorca.
Manufacturing company director Neil Endley, 51, was on board the Ryanair flight on Thursday, which took off from Birmingham International Airport.
While en route to the Spanish resort island, it became apparent that another passenger was intoxicated.
He was refused any more alcohol by the cabin crew but decided to take matters into his own hands.
First, he tried to raid the on-board fridge in search of booze, before instead grabbing Neil's purchased drink and downing it.
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What followed was a violent altercation which saw the Warwickshire businessman's ear partially severed.
Neil, the owner of the Bridge Group of engineering firms, says he's pursuing legal advice after the attack and says he'd never met the biter before in his life.
"It was a harrowing experience which I am struggling to come to terms with," he told The Sun.
He added: "It was made worse having to deal with it by the fact that there were very few people on the plane at 37,000ft.
"It's very distressing and upsetting as I had nothing to do with this person – I was flying off for a nice weekend away."
Flight crew requested police assistance upon their arrival in Palma, a Ryanair spokesperson said.
A 29-year-old man was "overpowered and arrested" during the flight, and when officers entered the aircraft they "saw a flight had broken out inside", the Spanish Civil Guard confirmed.
"They entered the aircraft and saw the detainee attacking another passenger after biting off part of his right ear," a spokesperson said.
The officers removed the man from the plane.
Neil was taken to a hospital in Palma for treatment, however, he has declined to specify whether his detached ear had been recovered or not.
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