Qantas: Why police are NOT investigating disturbing threats from passenger who forced Singapore-bound flight to make emergency landing in Darwin after he started downing his own bottle of wine
Police have revealed there will be no further investigation after a Singapore-bound Qantas flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Darwin when a “drunk” man began to make threats.
The Australian Federal Police confirmed to Daily Mail Australia that a “medical emergency” was the cause of the incident on board flight QF81, which led to disturbing outbursts from the passenger, including using the word “explosive”.
Officers spoke to airline crew when the flight from Sydney landed in Darwin at 4pm on Sunday.
It is understood the male passenger required “medical assistance” and was removed from the flight and subsequently hospitalized.
After the man was removed from the flight, police reportedly came to search his chair (photo).
The diverted Qantas flight to Singapore remained on the ground for an hour in Darwin while the passenger was evacuated and hospitalized. Pictured: A Qantas plane in Darwin in 2020
The flight remained on the ground for an hour, then continued to Singapore as planned.
An onlooker said the passenger taunted the crew by saying “don’t you dare turn away” and repeatedly used the word “explosive”.
The NT News reported the drama began when he started drinking his own bottle of wine during the flight, telling cabin crew he “needed it” because he was an “alcoholic”.
“He was clearly agitated, belligerent and appeared to be heavily intoxicated,” the witness on board said.
“He said he was ‘a criminal.’
After the man was kicked off the flight, police came and searched his chair.
The Qantas plane diverted to Darwin around 4pm on Sunday, where the male passenger was escorted off the plane by four cabin crew members.
“On Sunday October 1, 2023, AFP was informed that a plane from Sydney to Singapore had been diverted to Darwin International Airport, following a medical emergency on board,” a spokesperson said. -AFP spokesperson in a press release.
The statement said that after its officers spoke with the airline crew, “no further action was required.”
“AFP has no further comments on this matter.”
“We thank our customers for their understanding and our crew for their professionalism,” Qantas said in a statement.