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Leaked footage shows sickening moment a male Republic Airways pilot attacks female colleague

The Gazette Staff

The two Republic Airways workers filmed fighting in shocking surveillance footage have been named as a male pilot and his female co-worker who had recently broken off their romantic relationship.  

Leaked surveillance footage shows the shocking moment William Thomas, 36, appears to spit and then punch Marisha Sporer, 29, twice in the violent attack.

The pair, who had been dating since last November, are understood to have recently split in an argument over something Sporer saw on Thomas’ cellphone. 

The short clip, obtained exclusively by FlyerTalk, was captured on September 14, shortly after a Republic Airways flight landed at Denver Airport as part of a layover. 

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The two Republic Airways workers filmed fighting in shocking surveillance footage have been named as a male pilot William Thomas, pictured, and his female co-worker Marisha Sporer

The two Republic Airways workers filmed fighting in shocking surveillance footage have been named as a male pilot William Thomas, pictured, and his female co-worker Marisha Sporer

Leaked surveillance footage shows the shocking moment William Thomas appears to spit and then punch Marisha Sporer, pictured, twice in a violent attack

Leaked surveillance footage shows the shocking moment William Thomas appears to spit and then punch Marisha Sporer, pictured, twice in a violent attack

Leaked surveillance footage shows the shocking moment William Thomas, 36, left, appears to spit and then punch Marisha Sporer, 29, right, twice in a violent attack

The former couple were both arrested and charged with assault and disturbing the peace, ABC News reports. They are set to appear in court next week.

According to an affidavit they ‘both agreed to break up so Thomas went onto the plane and sat in the cock-pit and Sporer went to the gate’. 

It adds: ‘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.’ 

In the clip Thomas is seen walking down the jet bridge back towards the aircraft when he turns sharply and appears to spit at Sporer, who was following close behind.

In response, Sporer slaps Thomas across the face as he continues to advance towards her. 

It’s unclear what happened immediately after the video. The incident occurred during a layover and no passengers were aboard the plane at the time. 

A male member of the flight crew is seen walking down the jet bridge back towards the aircraft when suddenly he turns sharply on his haunches and appears to spit at a female colleague, who was following close behind.

A male member of the flight crew is seen walking down the jet bridge back towards the aircraft when suddenly he turns sharply on his haunches and appears to spit at a female colleague, who was following close behind.

The male employee strikes the woman twice

The male employee strikes the woman twice

Thomas is seen walking down the jet bridge back towards the aircraft when suddenly he turns sharply on his haunches and appears to spit at Sporer. She slaps him, prompting him to lunge at her

He then lunges for Sporer, causing her to flinch as he punches her once in the stomach, before delivering a second blow to the side of her head

He then lunges for Sporer, causing her to flinch as he punches her once in the stomach, before delivering a second blow to the side of her head

He then lunges for Sporer, causing her to flinch as he punches her once in the stomach, before delivering a second blow to the side of her head

He then lunges for Sporer, causing her to flinch as he punches her once in the stomach, before delivering a second blow to the side of her head.

She clutches the side of her face in pain, before pulling out her cell phone to call for help. 

The flight was eventually delayed until the following day.

The security footage was shared with FlyerTalk by an individual investigating the incident who wished to remain anonymous. 

The woman clutches the side of her face in pain, before pulling out her cell phone to summon for help

The woman clutches the side of her face in pain, before pulling out her cell phone to summon for help

It’s unclear what happened immediately after the video. The incident occurred during a layover and no passengers were present on the plane at the time

It’s unclear what happened immediately after the video. The incident occurred during a layover and no passengers were present on the plane at the time

In a statement, Republic Airways acknowledged the incident and said both of the parties involved were fired shortly afterwards 

In a statement, Republic Airways acknowledged the incident and said both of the parties involved were fired shortly afterwards.

‘We are aware of a situation that occurred last month involving two of our employees,’ a spokesperson 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.’

At the time of the violent altercation, Republic Airways had been operating the flight as part of a codeshare with United Airlines.

The incident happened at Denver Airport (pictured) on September 14

The incident happened at Denver Airport (pictured) on September 14

The incident happened at Denver Airport (pictured) on September 14

Source : Mail Online

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