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Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown said the 990 direct flight to Accra, Ghana, returned to Dulles Airport in Chantilly, Virginia, just after midnight Sunday after a fistfight in the cabin.
The two fighters were dispatched from Andrews Air Force Base after the pilot reported trouble, said U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander William Lewis, spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command.
Have obscured the flight line all the way to Dulles, where it landed safely, said Lewis.
"They were just following the typical procedures when you have problems," said Lewis.
"It 's quite common whenever there is a violation of airspace," he said.
The police met the two passengers at the gate, when Flight 990 landed at Dulles again Monday morning, but none of the passengers was injured and have not been arrested, said spokesman Rob Yingling airport.
The Washington Post, which first reported the incident, said that the struggle began long after takeoff, when a passenger rolled down the passenger seat and behind him a question. The pilot, the Post has decided to return to the airport when he was not sure of the extent of the problem.
United spokesman Mike Trevino said Tuesday that the Boeing 767 dumped fuel as a safety precaution to lighten its weight on landing. The plane can take with 16,700 liters of fuel, the Washington Post said.
It is not clear what arrangements were made for travelers to reach their destination.
Reuters and The Associated Press Contributed to this report.
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