Dramatic video captured the moment a Republic Airways pilot and his female co-worker exchanged blows on a jetway in Denver in what was described as a domestic incident, according to reports.
The violent incident occurred during a layover on Sept. 14 at Denver International Airport, where the footage captures the pilot apparently spitting at the woman, who then slaps him, according to ABC News.
The pilot then lands a series of punches in her stomach and face.
The two — identified as William Thomas, 36, and Marisha Sporer, 29 — had been involved in an intimate relationship since November, but things took a nosedive when Sporer saw something she didn’t like on Thomas’ cellphone, authorities said.
“They both agreed to break up so Thomas went onto the plane and sat in the cockpit and Sporer went to the gate,” according to a probable cause affidavit.
“Sporer became angry and went onto the plane to confront Thomas. Sporer grabbed Thomas by the neck tie and slapped him in the face with an open hand three times. Thomas retaliated by grabbing Sporer and striking her in the ribs with a closed fist.”
The two crew members – who were fired – were slapped with assault and disturbing the peace charges for the turbulence seen on the clip obtained by the website FlyerTalk.
An airline spokesperson told ABC News that there were no passengers on the plane at the time.
“We are aware of a situation that occurred last month involving two of our employees,” the rep said. “We investigated this matter and took appropriate action consistent with our belief that such behavior is unacceptable.”
At the time of the incident, Republic was operating the flight as a codeshare with United Airlines, according to FlyerTalk.
“The flight was eventually delayed to the following day and all passengers were provided with customer service,” the site said.