Passengers on a Virgin flight from Sydney to Albury were told to “get out and run, run, run” as soon as it landed at Albury Airport this morning.
UPDATE: A spokeswoman said it was another passenger who told the others to “get out and run, run, run”.
A passenger told AAP that they were told to leave their luggage and several opted to jump more than a metre to the tarmac, rather than wait for the stairs. The doors of the plane were reportedly “ripped off” by authorities.
Police arrested a man on the tarmac. 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.
NSW Police confirmed there had been an incident and a man wearing a red hat and a red jacket had been arrested.
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The Australian reports the word “bomb” was written on a sick bag, but despite the urgency to get passengers off the plane, a Virgin spokeswoman said they were never in any danger.
A police spokeswoman later told AAP that it was someone “being very silly”.
“It wasn’t a bomb threat at all. It was not terror-related,” they said.
“It was just something we were concerned about and we wanted to make sure it was OK.”
The man is being questioned at Albury police station. It is unknown whether he will be charged.
“He is only assisting us with our inquiries at this time,” police said.
Investigations are continuing.
Just last week a Malaysia Airlines flight was forced to return to Melbourne after a man who claimed to have a bomb attempted to enter the cockpit.
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