Qantas staff restrain passenger after death threats
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 07, 2010, 18:23
Melbourne: A passenger, apparently an Israeli, on board Australian carrier Qantas restrained by cabin crew after he reportedly threatened to kill fellow passengers during a flight from here to Hong Kong overnight.

The airline confirmed a passenger "became disruptive" at some point during QF29's flight between Melbourne and Hong Kong, according to media reports here today.

A spokeswoman as per reports was unable to confirm reports of if the man was praying before he threatened to kill himself and told other passengers "You will all die."

However, an Australian passenger, Helen, said another woman on the flight told her a man, whom she believed was praying in Hebrew, suddenly started shouting "I'm going to kill myself, you are all going to die, it will be God's will, what will be will be, I'm going to open the door."

"The crew were fantastic, the boys held him down and subdued him and one of the female crew cuffed him," Helen wrote in an email.

A crew member told Helen the man "tried to bring the plane down" and was "extremely aggressive". She said she had never needed to use handcuffs during her 15 years of flying.

Qantas crew handed the man over to Hong Kong authorities when the plane landed, the spokeswoman said. All the 280 passengers were safe.


First Published: Thursday, October 07, 2010, 18:23

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