Bali Hijack Scare: Drunk Virgin Passenger Tries To Storm Cockpit

Friday, 25 Apr 2014 08:07 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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A drunk passenger attempted to storm the cockpit of a Virgin Australia Airlines flight Friday, causing the pilot to make an emergency landing in Bali.

Indonesian air force troops met Virgin Australia flight VA41 as it landed at Denpasar Airport Friday and arrested 28-year-old Matt Christopher Lockley of Australia on suspicion of causing a disturbance, the Daily Mail reported.

Witness told officials that Lockley drunkenly tried to enter the cockpit during the flight from Brisbane to Bali on Friday. The reports initially raised concerns that the plane had been hijacked, but Virgin Australia representatives later struck down those rumors.

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"This is no hijacking, this is a miscommunication," Virgin spokesman Heru Sudjatmiko told reporters. "What happened was there was a drunk person . . . Too much alcohol consumption caused him to act aggressively."

The ordeal temporarily shut down other flights at the Bali airport.

"The captain of my plane made an announcement saying we were delayed indefinitely because a hijack was going on in Bali airport, about 150 meters away from us," Palani Mohan, a passenger on a different flight waiting to depart, told the Mail. "I saw at least five vehicles including military-style trucks, filled with men in uniform, rushing towards the plane. Then the Virgin plane taxied away, followed by the convoy of security forces. The flight attendant said it's been taken off to a different part of the airport. Bali airport seems to be in lockdown, we've been told no planes will be departing or arriving. The pilot's not allowing anyone off our plane."

Airport service resumed shortly after Lockley was taken into custody.

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