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Qantas Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce gives a news conference at the Qantas headquarters in Sydney. Photo: Reuters

Qantas Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce gives a news conference at the Qantas headquarters in Sydney. Photo: Reuters

A man is detained by security after throwing a pie at Qantas CEO Alan Joyce during a speech at a business breakfast at a hotel in Perth, Western Australia, May 9, 2017. AAP/Gregory Roberts/via REUTERS

A man is detained by security after throwing a pie at Qantas CEO Alan Joyce during a speech at a business breakfast at a hotel in Perth, Western Australia, May 9, 2017. AAP/Gregory Roberts/via REUTERS

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Qantas Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce gives a news conference at the Qantas headquarters in Sydney. Photo: Reuters

An Irish airline chief was left shocked after he was hit in the face with a pie during an interview.

Alan Joyce, chief executive of Australian airline Qantas, was addressing a business breakfast in Perth when the man appeared on stage and hit him with the pie.

The man was detained until police arrived and was taken for questioning, according to the BBC.

Mr Joyce left the stage briefly to clean his face and then returned to an applause from the audience.

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A man is detained by security after throwing a pie at Qantas CEO Alan Joyce during a speech at a business breakfast at a hotel in Perth, Western Australia, May 9, 2017. AAP/Gregory Roberts/via REUTERS

A man is detained by security after throwing a pie at Qantas CEO Alan Joyce during a speech at a business breakfast at a hotel in Perth, Western Australia, May 9, 2017. AAP/Gregory Roberts/via REUTERS

A man is detained by security after throwing a pie at Qantas CEO Alan Joyce during a speech at a business breakfast at a hotel in Perth, Western Australia, May 9, 2017. AAP/Gregory Roberts/via REUTERS

At the event, the Irish-born boss was discussing the airline's recent decision to operate non-stop flights from London to Perth.

Australian immigration Minister Peter Dutton tweeted that the incident was "a disgrace" and the perpetrator "should be ashamed".

Western Australian Police said they are investigating the incident.

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