A QantasLink flight was travelling from Sydney to Canberra when it was forced to turn around because of an argument.
A QantasLink flight was travelling from Sydney to Canberra when it was forced to turn around because of an argument.

Police storm Qantas plane over fight

A QantasLink flight travelling to Canberra has been forced to return to Sydney after an argument broke out between two passengers over the use of a mobile phonee.

According to a passenger, who spoke to news.com.au on the condition of anonymity, an older man became annoyed when a younger passenger refused to switch off their phone.

"I was a few rows up from the two men, however I didn't hear anything or an argument," said the passenger, who was seated three rows in front of the altercation.

"We took off and were about halfway to Canberra when the pilot said we would be turning around and heading back to Sydney.

"He said any passenger altercation won't be tolerated on-board."

The plane, which was due to land in Canberra around 3.15pm, made its way back to Sydney where it was met with police on the tarmac.

"When we landed in Sydney, the air hostess opened the doors to the police," the passenger explained.

"Three police came in and took the two men off the plane."

An argument broke out betwen two men over the use of a mobile phone.
An argument broke out betwen two men over the use of a mobile phone.

It's understood the younger passenger refused to switch off their phone while flight QF1421 was taxiing for takeoff from Sydney.

In exclusive footage obtained by news.com.au, three Australian Federal Police officers board the plane before escorting two men off.

"I heard some people say the older man threw the younger one's phone and the air hostess got involved," the passenger who was seated neraby said.

"The air hostess said, 'That's not your job that's my job'. It all happened very quickly, there were no raised voices.

"Apparently, one guy snatched the other guy's phone and threw it.

Police stormed the aircraft after an altercation broke out on-board a QantasLink flight.
Police stormed the aircraft after an altercation broke out on-board a QantasLink flight.

"Back in Sydney, the men were very quiet during the arrest. Qantas handled it very well … giving us the option to get off plane in Sydney if we wanted to.

"It was a big pain though … an inconvenience to everybody, especially with all the delays because of the winds in Sydney. But Qantas did a very good job to resolve it all."

Two men were taken off the QantasLink aircraft.
Two men were taken off the QantasLink aircraft.

A Qantas spokesman confirmed the passengers had been removed from the flight following an argument but declined to comment further.

News.com.au has contacted the Australian Federal Police for comment.

 

Three police officers boarded the plane.
Three police officers boarded the plane.

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