Nearly 200 army draftees who were swilling vodka while heading for the Soviet Far East staged a drunken brawl that violently rocked a jetliner and forced an emergency landing, a Soviet newspaper said Tuesday.

One crew member said the Aeroflot aircraft, an Ilyushin 76, was being pitched from side to side, as if caught in severe air turbulance, as the brawlers fought in the aisles of the passenger section.