Air New Zealand incident: 19yo man charged by police

Galtero Lara
Enero 12, 2019

The Air New Zealand flight was ready to depart at 8PM and was on the runway when passengers were informed there had been an incident and the plane was heading back to the gate.

A 19-year-old Sydney man remains in custody in New Zealand after he reportedly wrote "I have a bomb" into an in-flight messaging app during a flight.

On Thursday, Manukau District Court heard Fifita was travelling home to Sydney from Tonga, transiting at Auckland, when he made the false threat.

She arranged for an immediate sentencing because she was "gravely concerned" for his safety being remanded in Mt Eden prison, with no family support in New Zealand.

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Fifita's lawyer Jane Northwood called her client's actions "grossly stupid", but insisted she had never "met anyone more distressed or remorseful or overwhelmed".

Fifita was arrested on Wednesday night and a court on Thursday heard he wrote the message because he considered it amusing, Stuff.co.nz reported.

New Zealand website Stuff.co.nz reported that the teen, Meke Fifita, faced imprisonment or a fine but was deported after his father paid a $NZ3000 repatriation sum.

The estimated cost could be in the tens of thousands.

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