A man has been arrested on the tarmac at Albury airport after an incident on a Virgin Australia flight from Sydney.
A man has been arrested on the tarmac at Albury airport after an incident on a Virgin Australia flight from Sydney. Brendan Nugent

Aussie Virgin flight evacuated after bomb threat found

A MAN has been taken off a plane in Albury and arrested after allegedly leaving a written bomb threat in the toilet on a flight from Sydney.

News Corp Australia understands the man was arrested, after a note was found on the Virgin Australia ATR turboprop, which can carry up to 68 passengers.

The contents of the note are under investigation but it is believed to have contained a bomb threat.

Passengers were evacuated on landing and part of Albury Airport was closed off.

New South Wales police arrested the man.

Virgin Australia has provided reassurance there was never any danger to those on board.

A spokeswoman said a full search of the aircraft was conducted by local police and the plane cleared of any potential danger.

"The matter is now in the hands of the NSW Police," she said.

The incident comes less than a week after a Malaysia Airlines' flight was forced to return to Melbourne after a man demanded to see the pilot and threatened to explode a device he claimed was a bomb.

Passengers restrained the man, and removed the device, a bluetooth speaker, from his possession.

The A330 landed safely, but passengers then had to wait 90 minutes for police to board and arrest the man, who had recently been released from a psychiatric hospital.

The wait has been criticised by aviation experts who said getting passengers off the plane should have been the first priority after landing.

Michelle McNamara, who works for a car hire company in the airport terminal, said plain-clothed police, uniformed officers, firefighters and ambulance crews closed off half the terminal during the operation.

"It's normally quiet, it's Albury Airport," she told AAP.

"It's a bit concerning. With all that's happening in the world it makes you think the worst."

News Corp Australia

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