Australian pilot reports hijack bid on flight to Bali: Indonesian official

The pilot of a Virgin Australia plane flying to the Indonesian holiday island of Bali reported a hijacking attempt on Friday. -- FILE PHOTO: BLOOMBERG
The pilot of a Virgin Australia plane flying to the Indonesian holiday island of Bali reported a hijacking attempt on Friday. -- FILE PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - The pilot of a Virgin Australia plane flying to the Indonesian holiday island of Bali reported a hijacking attempt on Friday after a passenger tried to enter the cockpit, an Indonesian transport official said.

Metro TV had earlier cited an Indonesian air force spokesman as saying the plane had been hijacked.

The passenger reportedly has been arrested in Bali.

Virgin Australia Airlines, formerly Virgin Blue Airlines, is Australia's second-largest airline as well as the largest by fleet size to use the Virgin brand.