A 40 year old Australian man is in custody after stabbing two flight attendants with sharpened wooden stakes and injuring two other people onboard a domestic Qantas flight. The two flight attendants have been taken to hospital.
The man was subdued by passengers and staff after he rose from his seat and headed for the cockpit of the Boeing 717, armed with two 15 centimetre long stakes. The attack has been confirmed as a hijack attempt but the motive has not been determined.
"Although it looks like it was premeditated, it doesn't appear to have been an act of terrorism", said the Federal Transport Minister, John Anderson.