Teen prisoner ‘rushes pilot’ on charter plane in Western Australia


A charter plane carrying multiple detainees in Western Australia had to be turned around after a 17-year-old boy allegedly attempted to rush the pilot.

The teenager had been arrested earlier this week following a high-speed pursuit through Broome.

He is alleged to have driven through a local school, a golf park and a shopping mall.

Broome flight
A teen prisoner in WA is accused of trying to rush the pilot on a charter plane to Perth. (9News)

Just minutes after take-off on the Broome-Perth flight yesterday, the same 17-year-old allegedly charged at the pilot, despite being restrained.

He’s also accused of then starting to kick the interior of the plane.

Two other detainees on board are alleged to have joined in the disturbance.

Broome flight
The 17-year-old already was alleged to have led police on a high-speed chase in Broome. (9News)

The Department of Justice says staff regained control quickly, but the plane turned around to return to Broome.

The 17-year-old has been put on a second flight with additional staff and brought to Perth.

The other two detainees were brought to the capital on the re-launched original flight.



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