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Attempted Hijack of Qantas Flight to Tasmania:
Flight Service Manager Speaks at DISPAX World 2019
July 17, 2019
On 29 May 2003 a Qantas flight was operating a domestic route from Melbourne to Launceston. From a security perspective, this would have been considered to be a low risk flight.
However, the perils of focussing excessively on the terrorist threat were illustrated when a psychologically disturbed passenger, David Mark Robinson, rose from his seat after the seat belt seats were turned off and tried to gain access to the flight deck.
Armed with wooden stakes, Robinson attacked flight service manager Greg Khan to achieve his goal. Robinson's ultimate suicidal intention was to crash the aircraft into 'The Walls of Jerusalem National Park' in northern Tasmania, yet his efforts were to fail thanks to Khan's determination.
Greg Khan, still operating as flight crew, joins delegates at DISPAX World 2019 in London on 18-19 September 2019 to share his experience.