Feb. 26, 2010— -- Flights are routinely canceled because of weather delays or mechanical problems, but passengers trying to fly from Rochester, N.Y., to Atlanta Thursday found their trip canceled for another reason: the flight attendants reportedly got into a fistfight.
"Apparently they got into a fistfight on the plane," passenger Steve Mazur told local news YNN. "The pilot decided to kick everyone off the plane."
"They told us we had to get off the plane because stewardesses were fighting," passenger Corey Minton, also told YNN Rochester.
The regional flight was operated by Memphis-based Pinnacle Airlines. A company spokesman acknowledged that the flight was canceled and that two flight attendants had a disagreement, but disputed the fact that the there was a physical altercation.
Pinnacle Airlines spokesman Joe Williams told the Associated Press that the fight started just as Delta flight 887 returned to the gate after a passenger became ill.
Williams said that despite what passengers said there was no physical contact between the two women. He said he did not know the reason for the fight, which he called a "verbal disagreement."
The two Pinnacle Airlines flight attendants were removed from duty pending an airline investigation. Williams said the airline found alternate travel plans for passengers.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.