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A man who tried to force his way into the cockpit of a Qantas jet stabbed two flight attendants before crew and passengers managed to subdue him, federal police said.
The mid-air drama happened shortly after QF1737 left Melbourne for Launceston at 2.50pm (AEST) Thursday, a federal police spokeswoman said.
"We believe a male passenger was attempting to enter the cockpit and was subdued by flight attendants and passengers," a spokeswoman said.
The flight turned around and a man was taken into custody by federal agents after it landed in Melbourne.
Transport Minister John Anderson told reporters the attack was carried out with a sharp wooden implement.
There was no evidence it was an act of terrorism, or premeditated.
Two flight attendants - a man aged in his late 30s and a woman aged in her 20s - were stabbed during the incident.
They have been taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a stable condition with facial lacerations, Metropolitan Ambulance spokesman James Howe said.
Two passengers were also treated by paramedics at the scene for minor injuries.
Qantas would not comment immediately on the incident.
Originally posted by dragonrider
Does Quantas use any version of Air Marshalls? Seems like a very prudent move worldwide for that matter, considering the current state of affairs.
I would point out that El Al has had zero hijackings... but that is because on every flight there are 2 plainclothes agents with microuzis loaded with frangible ammunition. A potential terrorists lifespan could be measured in fractional seconds.