Bomb threat on Virgin flight
UPDATE: A MAN was last night charged with a federal offence after allegedly telling people on a plane, he had a bomb.
The 24-year-old man from Mermaid Waters on the Gold Coast was one of two passengers escorted off a Virgin plane at the Rockhampton Airport yesterday afternoon.
A police spokesman last night confirmed the man had been charged with making threats and false statements, which comes under Federal Legislation - the Crimes Aviation Act.
Emergency services were called about 3pm in relation to the scare on flight DJ1244, which was due to fly from Rockhampton to Brisbane.
Police confirmed the second man had been taken into custody, questioned and released without being charged.
At least three police units were dispatched to the airport and the plane was parked some distance from airport buildings.
It's believed airport security staff isolated a travel bag belonging to one passenger.
A Virgin spokeswoman confirmed two guests were offloaded from flight DJ1244 about2.50pm.
The spokeswoman said the aircraft was cleared for departure at 4.10pm, incurring a short delay.
The Mermaid Waters man is due to appear in Rockhampton Magistrates Court on April 20.
Rockhampton Regional Council owns the airport and would only confirm an incident had taken place at the airport as investigations were still underway at close of business yesterday.
UPDATE 8.50pm: ONE man has been charged in relation to the bomb threat on a Virgin flight at the Rockhampton Airport this afternoon.
UPDATE 5.40pm: A MAN is currently assisting police with enquiries about a bomb threat made on a Virgin flight about 3pm this afternoon.
BREAKING 3.30pm: Police are investigating reports of a Virgin passenger making threats on a plane at Rockhampton Airport.
Details are sketchy but it's believed police have escorted a passenger off a Virgin plane while airport security staff are isolating his travel bag.