Albury plane evacuated: Passengers speak of Virgin flight ordeal

12.30pm: Passengers on a Virgin flight from Sydney to Albury have jumped from the plane onto the tarmac after being told by cabin crew to "get out and run, run, run" as soon as the plane landed.

A passenger on the 8.05am flight said that passengers were urgently evacuated as soon as the plane landed at Albury Airport on Tuesday morning.

The doors of the plane were "ripped off" from the outside by authorities and passengers were told to leave their luggage and jump about 1.2 metres from the front exit onto the tarmac.

A male passenger on the 68-seater turboprop was arrested on the tarmac and taken away by police. 

Police attended the airport after receiving information a note had been found in the toilet area of the plane, the contents of which are as yet unknown. 

NSW Police confirmed there had been an incident at the airport.

"As soon as we landed the cabin crew started yelling 'Get out, run, run, run'," the passenger said.

He said the passengers were assembled on the tarmac and police then arrested a man wearing a red jacket and red hat.

"The man didn't seem to resist the arrest."

Police asked the passengers if anyone had any issues with the man and spoke to the people who had been seated near him.

The arrested passenger was said to be calm throughout the flight and got up and went to the bathroom once.

“Virgin Australia flight VA1174 from Sydney to Albury landed safely this morning. Due to a security incident on board police met the aircraft on arrival. One passenger is assisting police with their enquiries. The matter is now in the hands of the New South Wales police,” Virgin said in a statement.

Inside the terminal at Albury airport. Picture: MARK JESSER

Inside the terminal at Albury airport. Picture: MARK JESSER

UPDATE: A man has been arrested on arrival at Albury airport after allegedly making a threat on board a Virgin flight from Sydney.

Police attended the airport after receiving information a note had been found in the toilet area of the plane, the contents of which are as yet unknown. 

NSW Police arrested the man on the tarmac after the flight landed and he is assisting with inquiries. 

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 said.

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

EARLIER: Passengers were forced to evacuate a plane as police were called to Albury airport on Tuesday morning.

The Virgin flight from Sydney to Albury was evacuated immediately after landing about 9.30am.

Passengers told The Border Mail they were unaware of any incident until the plane hit the tarmac.

A man is assisting police with their inquiries.

No one was injured.

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