Airline Pilot Punches Female Colleague After She Slaps Him In Leaked Video, Pair Set To Appear In Court

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An airline pilot was seen punching a female colleague on a jet bridge at Denver International Airport after she slapped him in a leaked video.

The security footage, obtained by FlyerTalk, shows the male pilot walking towards the aircraft before abruptly turning to the female co-worker who was close behind him.

He appeared to spit on her and she responded by slapping him in the face. The pilot proceeded to punch the woman in the stomach and face several times.

The pair, identified as William Thomas and Marisha Sporer, had recently ended a romantic relationship when the fight occurred, according to a probable cause affidavit, ABC News reported.

The Denver Police Department said the incident took place during a layover on September 14.

It occurred shortly after the Republic Airways flight landed at Denver International Airport. There were no passengers on the plane at the time.

Thomas, 36, and Sporer, 29, were arrested and charged with assault and disturbing the peace, according to ABC News.

A spokesman for Republic Airways confirmed to Newsweek that Thomas and Sporer have since been fired.

"We are aware of a situation that occurred last month involving two of our employees," the spokesman said.

"We investigated this matter and took appropriate action consistent with our belief that such behavior is unacceptable. These individuals are no longer employed at Republic."

According to a probable cause affidavit, Thomas and Sporer had been involved in an intimate relationship since November last year, ABC News reported.

The incident last month was prompted after Sporer spotted something she did not like on Thomas' phone and went onto the plane to confront him, the affidavit said.

According to ABC News, the affidavit said: "They both agreed to break up so Thomas went onto the plane and sat in the cockpit and Sporer went to the gate.

"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."

Thomas and Sporer are scheduled to appear in court next week.

FlyerTalk reported that it received the brief clip from an individual investigating the incident, who wanted to remain anonymous.

Newsweek has contacted the Denver City Attorney's Office for further comment.

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Stock photo: Denver International Airport. Leaked security footage shows a male airline pilot punching a female colleague after she slapped him on a jet bridge at Denver International Airport in Colorado.

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