Five men thrown off a Jetstar flight after a wild drunken brawl will be sent home to Australia on Friday, escaping any criminal charges.
The men, on a flight from Sydney to Phuket, were offloaded in Bali after the flight was diverted when the brawl got out of control on Wednesday night. It was originally reported that five men were involved in the brawl, but it has now been confirmed that a sixth Australian was also detained.
News Corp Australia reported, Bradley Beecham, Brett Eldridge, Mark Rossiter, Lynmin Waharai and Ricky William were all detained in police custody after the pilot was forced to divert the flight. Michael Matthews, who is believed to have been the victim of the attack, also remains in Bali.
Bali Airport’s General Manager Trikora Harjo told that upon questioning by Ngurah Rai authorities, it was clear that the men were drunk and three of five of them involved in the melee smelled of alcohol. The brawl involved five men – four against one.
“As the flight landed we brought them to the arrival hall of the international airport with Immiration, police and security of Ngurah Rai (airport). They are now being interrogated,” Mr Harjo said.
“I have communicated with the airline. They will bring them back to Australia. The airline will send their security to Bali to escort them back to Australia today. And they will be taken back to Australia tomorrow on Friday with Jetstar flight,” he added.
Terrifying eyewitness accounts of the wild brawl have emerged as passengers took to Facebook to tell of the frightening incident.
A social media user posted on the Sunrise Facebook page saying that three of her friends were on the flight.
“I’ve been talking to one of them this morning. She said it was really scary. She was in tears and kids etc were screaming,” she wrote. “Blood was everywhere. It was a massive punch-up.”
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