Qantas (QantasLink) Flight 1737
was an afternoon Australian
domestic flight from Melbourne Airport
to Launceston Airport
, which was subject to an attempted hijacking
on 29 May 2003.
Flight 1737 left Melbourne Airport
at 2.50pm on 29 May. Around ten minutes after take-off, as the crew checked the cabin following the safety demonstration, David Robinson, a passenger seated in Row 7, became agitated, stood up and began to make his way down the aisle. Producing two sharpened wooden stakes from his pocket, Robinson stabbed a flight attendant Denise Hickson and the flight purser Greg Khan in the head on his way to the cabin galley. Khan tackled Robinson to unbalance him, eventually succeeding despite repeated blows to the back of the head from Robinson's stakes. Several passengers helped restrain Robinson, holding him down and tying him up with materials found on board.
The plane immediately turned back to Melbourne, where Robinson was placed under arrest by Australian Federal Police
. He was also found to be carrying aerosol cans and cigarette lighters, presumably to use as a flamethrower.
Khan and Hickson were later taken to Royal Melbourne Hospital
for treatment, and a passenger who received minor lacerations was treated at the airport by paramedics.Padraic Murphy, Phillip Hudson: , The Age
, 30 May 2003., The Sydney Morning Herald
, 30 May 2003.
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