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Australian who sparked Bali plane hijack alert released

Published on Apr 27, 2014 11:48 PM
Australian Matt Christopher Lockley, who triggered a recent hijack scare on a Virgin Australia flight, walks after health checks at the Police headquarters in Denpasar, Bali, on April 27, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

JAKARTA (AFP) - An Australian man who sparked a hijack alert on a plane heading for Bali when he banged on the cockpit door was released without charge by Indonesian police on Sunday, officials said.

Matt Christopher Lockley, who has said he mistook the cockpit of the Virgin Australia jet for the toilet, will be dealt with by Australian authorities as the incident on Friday took place on an aircraft registered in that country, they said.

Bali police official Suryambodo Asmoro said the 28-year-old, whom Indonesian officials initially said was drunk during the midair scare, will travel back to Australia unescorted as he "has good intentions to return to his country".

Speaking publicly for the first time since the incident, Mr Lockley said the drama was a case of miscommunication.

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