Man arrested on Virgin flight from Sydney after note found in toilet

Xavier Trudeau
Juin 6, 2017

A MAN has been taken off a plane in Albury and arrested after allegedly leaving a written bomb threat in the toilet on a flight from Sydney.

A passenger told the AAP the doors were "ripped off" from the outside by authorities while passengers were told to jump about 1.2m from the plane to the tarmac and leave their luggage behind.

He said the passengers were assembled on the tarmac and police then arrested a man wearing a red jacket and red hat.

Michelle McNamara, who works for a auto hire company in the Albury airport terminal, said plain-clothed police, uniformed officers, firefighters and ambulance crews closed off half the terminal during the operation.

Virgin Australia said that it was a passenger who said "get out and run, run, run" and rather than wait for the stairs, those on board jumped down to the tarmac.

'A man is now assisting police with their enquiries following an incident with a plane at Albury, ' she said.

Police asked the passengers if anyone had any issues with the man and spoke to the people who had been seated near him.

Michelle McNamara, who works for a vehicle hire company in the airport terminal, said police, firefighters and ambulance crews closed off half the terminal during the operation. News Corp reports a "threatening note" had been left in the plane's bathroom and found just before the flight landed at Albury at 9.35am.

"It's normally quiet, it's Albury Airport", she told AAP.

The plane's pilots had radioed to say the passenger responsible for the bomb threat had been subdued but police said they were focused on getting everyone safely off the flight.

"Due to a security incident on board police met the aircraft on arrival", the airline said.

Michelle McNamara, who works for a auto hire company in the airport terminal, said plainclothes police, uniformed officers, firefighters and ambulance crews closed off half the terminal during the operation. "With all that's happening in the world it makes you think the worst". "The matter is now in the hands of the New South Wales police".

The 11am flight from Sydney to Albury has been cancelled, but the 4.30pm service is expected to go ahead as scheduled.

NSW Police arrested the man on the tarmac after the flight landed and he is helping with inquiries.

Police were criticised after the incident for the amount of time it took them to evacuate the plane - about 90 minutes - after it landed.

"We have the area secure, everything is contained, all of the passengers - except for the male who's assisting us with our inquiries - have been allowed to leave."

No one was injured.

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