Qantas: Why police are NOT investigating a passenger’s disturbing threats that forced a Singapore-bound flight to make an emergency landing in Darwin after he started downing his own bottle of wine
Police have revealed there will be no further investigations after a Qantas flight to Singapore was forced to make an emergency landing in Darwin when a a ‘drunk’ man started making threats.
The Australian Federal Police confirmed to Daily Mail Australia that a ‘medical emergency’ was to blame for the incident on board flight QF81 which led to passenger’s disturbing outbursts including him using the word ‘explosive’.
Officers spoke with airline crew when the flight from Sydney touched down in Darwin at 4pm on Sunday.
It is understood the male passenger required ‘medical assistance’ and was taken off the flight and then hospitalised.
After the man was removed from the flight, police reportedly came on to search his chair (pictured)
The diverted Qantas flight to Singapore was on the ground for one hour at Darwin as the passenger was removed and hospitalised. Pictured: A Qantas plane at Darwin in 2020
The flight was on the ground for one hour then continued on to Singapore as planned.
An onlooker said the passenger taunted crew, saying ‘don’t you dare divert’ and repeatedly used the word ‘explosive’.
The NT News reported the drama began when he started downing his own bottle of wine during the flight, telling cabin crew he ‘needed to’ because he was an ‘alcoholic’.
‘He was clearly agitated, belligerent and appeared to be heavily affected by alcohol,’ the witness onboard said.
‘He said he was “a criminal”.’
After the man was removed from the flight, police came on to search his chair.
The AFP confirmed in a statement to Daily Mail Australia that a ‘medical emergency’ was to blame for the incident on board QF81
The Qantas plane diverted to Darwin around 4pm on Sunday where the male passenger was escorted from the plane by four cabin crew
‘On Sunday 1 October, 2023 the AFP was advised that an aircraft that originated in Sydney bound for Singapore was diverted to Darwin International Airport, following a medical emergency on board,’ an AFP spokesperson said in a statement.
The statement said after its officers spoke with airline crew ‘no further action was required’.
‘The AFP has no further comment on this matter.’
‘We thank our customers for their understanding and our crew for their professionalism,’ Qantas said in a statement.