FIFO miner fined for bomb threat

Fly-in, fly out miner Hayden Michael Angwin has been fined $6,000 for joking about a bomb being placed on a Virgin flight from Rock Hampton to the Gold Coast.

The Rockhampton Magistrates Court heard this morning Angwin was heading home on April 4th after completing a night shift; he consumed a number of alcoholic beverages before boarding the flight.

The Morning Bulletin reported an air hostess had overheard the 25-year-old say there was a bomb on the plane during take-off, giving her no option but to stop the plane, despite Angwin’s attempt to retract his claims, insisting he was joking.

The bomb joke subsequently shut down Rockhampton Airport and delayed the flight for 85 minutes.

Angwin pleaded guilty to a charge of making a false statement by threatening to destroy an aircraft, he was fined $6,000 and ordered to pay $2720 to Virgin Airlines as compensation.

This comes after a string of events where FIFO worker’s drunken escapades have gotten them into trouble.

On Tuesday, The North West Star reported another FIFO worker was slapped with a 12 month good behaviour bond by Mount Isa Magistrates Court after he stole a fire extinguisher, spraying it along Camooweal Street.

Australian Mining has been following the FIFO debate closely, most of the arguments against the FIFO structure centre on the lack of involvement the workers have in the mining communities and their behaviours both there and at home.

In July a study by the WA Department of Health found that fly-in fly-out workers have high levels of lifestyle-related health risks such as drinking, smoking and being overweight.

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