‘Last chance’ for teen who tampered with Rex plane

A DRUNKEN night out has proven costly for three teenagers, who have pleaded guilty to tampering with a plane and entering a prohibited area of an aerodrome.

Jye McCabe, Cameron Underwood and Joshua Bridger had been out in the Lismore CBD on the night of September 27 last year.

The mates were celebrating McCabe's birthday - he'd turned 18 the previous week - but were refused entry at Mary Gilhooleys because they were too drunk.

While the court was not told how the teenagers ended up at Lismore Airport, police facts revealed they were recorded on CCTV boarding the Saab 340 jet, which was parked there ready to fly passengers to Sydney in the morning.

The CCTV footage showed the trio approaching the plane from the left, before grabbing a ladder to board the Rex aircraft.

In Lismore Local Court this week, McCabe's solicitor Tom Trembath told Magistrate David Heilpern that his client only approached the plane after being called across by his mates.

Evidence revealed McCabe told police his friends "flicked switches" in the cockpit while he stood in the passenger area.

Mr Trembath asked Mr Heilpern to consider not convicting McCabe under Commonwealth Legislation because one of his co-accused was not convicted.

Despite not entering the cockpit, Mr Heilpern said what McCabe did was extremely serious.

"As a result of your actions, flight engineers had to be flown up from Sydney," he said.

The court heard as a result, all passengers had to be transferred to Ballina to board another REX flight to Sydney.

"That affects the community in a significant way," Mr Heilpern said.

Mr Heilpern placed McCabe on a good behaviour bond and ordered him to pay $1810 compensation to REX.

"This is your one chance, you won't get it again," he said.