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Richard Marx says he is 'no hero' after helping to restrain unruly passenger on flight

Gemma Strong
Gemma StrongOnline Digital News Director
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Richard Marx has insisted he is "no big hero" after helping to restrain a fellow passenger onboard a Korean Air flight.  The 53-year-old pop singer was pictured on social media assisting cabin crew as they dealt with the disruptive man while the aircraft travelled from Hanoi, Vietnam to Seoul in South Korea.

Richard was travelling with his wife Daisy Fuentes at the time – and both shared details of the incident with their fans online. Daisy claimed that the passenger went "crazy" and had "started attacking the flight attendants and passengers".


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Richard Marx was among a group of passengers and crew who had to restrain the man with rope

She wrote: "When he started pushing the female staff and pulling them by the hair, [Richard] was the first to help subdue him. This went on for four hours. I feel horrible for the abuse the staff had to endure but no one was prepared for this.

"They never fully got control of him. They didn't know how to use the Taser and they didn't know how to secure the rope around him (he got loose from their rope restraints three times)."

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The American singer later took to Twitter to share details of the incident

Richard, who had a number of hits in the 1980s and 1990s including Right Here Waiting, also said that the crew were "completely ill trained" and described the incident as "chaotic and dangerous". The singer, who was in Hanoi to perform at a concert, told his Facebook followers that one crew member and two passengers had been injured.

"The all-female crew was clueless and not trained as to how to restrain this psycho and he was only initially subdued when I and a couple other male passengers intervened... Korean Air should be sanctioned for not knowing how to handle a situation like this without passenger interference," he wrote.


He assured fans that he and his wife Daisy Fuentes were "home safe and sound"

He later added: "Daisy and I are home safe and sound. No big 'hero' move at all. Just did what I would hope anyone would do in the same situation. Thx 4 concern."

Korean Air has confirmed that an unruly passenger was subdued and had been turned over to police, but did not respond to Richard's specific comments about their crew.

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