Despite the physical confrontation, the flight in question continued and landed safely, added the same official, quoted by the AP agency.

According to the French newspaper La Tribune, the pilot and co-pilot clashed shortly after take-off and grabbed each other by the collars, after one of them apparently hit the other. The cabin crew intervened and a member of the crew spent the flight in the cockpit, together with the pilots.

News of the clash comes after the French air investigation agency BEA issued a report on Wednesday accusing some Air France pilots of failing to strictly adhere to safety procedures.