7 November 2023

Woman arrested after allegedly running onto tarmac and under plane at Canberra Airport

| James Coleman
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The woman was sent for a mental-health assessment. Photo: Screenshot, via Dennis Bilic, Twitter/X.

A 19-year-old woman has been charged after allegedly running onto the tarmac and under a plane at Canberra Airport on Wednesday evening (1 November).

Footage shared to social media shows the woman – wearing black pants, slippers and a jacket – approaching the front wheel and cockpit of a QantasLink plane and trying to get the pilot’s attention.

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The plane was reportedly bound for Adelaide, and witnesses claim the woman was trying to get the pilot to let her board.

After a brief time watching the plane, the video ends with her walking back towards the airport to the soundtrack of blaring alarms.

She was taken into custody by the Australian Federal Police at 7:30 pm that day, and charged with two counts of damaging property, one count of entering a security zone without permission and one count of possessing a small quantity of cannabis.

She was taken for a mental health assessment and refused bail. She’s due to appear in court today (3 November).

Simon Hales, who witnessed the incident from inside the airport, described it as “a little different”.

“… a lady who had clearly missed her flight decided she could still catch it,” he posted to Facebook on Wednesday.

“Pushed past the staff at the door and ran down onto the tarmac and ran up to the plane. Literally standing underneath it next to the front wheel. Lucky the pilot was warned or spotted her and killed the engine. She then came back into the gate and ran out the door.”

Flights at the airport were delayed for about 10 minutes.

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Plot twist. They “knew” each other.

Simon Hawkins3:13 pm 03 Nov 23

Brilliant. And this is a joint military/civil airport too. Got to love our top notch security apparatus

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