Man booted off Qantas flight from Port Hedland to Brisbane for ‘pushing crew’

Sophia Constantine and Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph
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A Qantas flight departing Port Hedland for Brisbane was delayed three hours yesterday after a 46-year-old male passenger allegedly assaulted a female crew member.

Airline crew aboard QF984 were investigating a passenger seating issue when they tried to remove a drunk man who was late to board about 1.15pm.

It is understood while crew were evicting the man, another man passenger, who is believed to be one of the man’s work colleagues, became involved in an argument with crew members.

The 46-year-old allegedly pushed a female flight attendant into the wall of the plane’s galley, causing bruising to her body.

The captain of the plane rushed to help during the alleged incident.

Port Hedland International Airport chief executive Mitchell Cameron said the airlines and the airport had a zero tolerance on people misbehaving at airports.

Video15 people were injured and one passenger was sent to hospital

“This is an international airport, federally controlled and if people don’t behave correctly actions will be taken to ensure that the police are involved and correct outcomes for all passengers safety is ensured,” he said.

“It is a serious matter and it doesn’t matter whether you’re flying domestically or internationally, as soon as you enter airport property, particularly airlines, you’re in situation where you’re under control by police and federal agencies as necessary.

“They (passengers) shouldn’t be subject to violence on the aircraft and they shouldn’t have their holidays and travels delayed by one unhelpful person.”

The 46-year-old Queensland man was charged with assault and is due to appear in South Hedland Magistrate’s Court today.

The intoxicated male was removed from the plane but not charged.

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