Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Fight on board flight causes it to return to airport

QANTASLINK DASH 8 Q400 VH-QOB (CN 4116)   File Photo

A Qantaslink flight from Sydney to Canberra was forced to turn back midway through the journey after two men became embroiled in an argument over a mobile phone. According to another passenger, the altercation started when the younger man refused to turn his phone off while flight QF1421 was still taxiing on the runway. The unnamed witness said that they didn’t hear a fight break out, but that word quickly spread that the older man had “snatched the other guy’s phone and threw it The flight attendant allegedly got involved, saying to the older man: “That’s not your job that’s my job.”“We took off and were about halfway to Canberra when the pilot said we would be turning around and heading back to Sydney. “He said any passenger altercation won’t be tolerated on-board.” The plane, which was due to land in Canberra around 3.15pm, made its way back to Sydney where it was met with police on the tarmac. “When we landed in Sydney, the air hostess opened the doors to the police,” the passenger explained. “Three police came in and took the two men off the plane.” In a statement from a spokesperson for the Australian Federal Police confirmed they attended an incident at Sydney Domestic Terminal, however no charges had been laid.
“AFP officers spoke with staff and a number of passengers in relation to an alleged on-board altercation - however no charges have been laid at this time,” the statement read.
“AFP investigations are ongoing and no further comment can be made.” A Qantas spokesman confirmed the passengers had been removed from the flight following an argument but declined to comment further.

Aircraft Information
Airline: Qantas
Code: QF / QLK
Aircraft: Dash 8 Q400
Registration: VH QOB
Serial Number: 4116

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