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Last updated: 20 October 2019
Status:- (No safety board investigation)
Date:Thursday 29 May 2003
Time:ca 15:10
Type:Silhouette image of generic B712 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 717-231
Operated by:Impulse Airlines
On behalf of:QantasLink
Registration: VH-VQI
C/n / msn: 55095/5087
First flight: 2001
Engines: 2 BMW RR BR715
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 47
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 53
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Melbourne-Tullamarine Airport, VIC (MEL) (   Australia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Melbourne-Tullamarine Airport, VIC (MEL/YMML), Australia
Destination airport:Launceston Airport, TAS (LST/YMLT), Australia
Flightnumber:1737
Narrative:
Twenty minutes into the flight from Melbourne to Launceston, a man armed with two wooden objects allegedly attempted to gain access to the cockpit. Two flight attendants and a few passengers tackled the man. The plane returned to Melbourne and the man, believed to have been an irate passenger, was taken into custody by federal agents.

Classification:
Hijack
Hijacker(s) overpowered by occupants

Sources:
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» ABC


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Distance from Melbourne-Tullamarine Airport, VIC to Launceston Airport, TAS as the crow flies is 475 km (297 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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