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Drunk passenger on Virgin Australia flight to Bali tries to break into cockpit, sparking hijack alert

Published on Apr 25, 2014 4:51 PM
 
This photo taken through the window of a plane shows a Virgin Australia plane at the centre of a hijacking scare sitting on the tarmac at Bali airport in Denpasar, on April 25, 2014. A drunk passenger sparked a hijacking alert on a Virgin Australia flight heading for the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Friday when he attempted to break into the cockpit, officials said. -- PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (AFP/Reuters) - A drunk passenger sparked a hijacking alert on a Virgin Australia flight heading for the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Friday when he attempted to break into the cockpit, officials said.

Security forces rushed to the airport when the 737-800 touched down on the popular resort island, as the authorities said they had received information the Brisbane to Bali flight had been hijacked.

However, Virgin Australia said the drunken passenger, whom the authorities identified as Matt Christopher from Australia, had sparked the alarm when he slammed on the cockpit door. He was later arrested by the Indonesian authorities.

"This is no hijacking, this is a miscommunication," said Mr Heru Sudjatmiko, a Virgin Australia official in Bali. "What happened was there was a drunk person... too much alcohol consumption caused him to act aggressively."

 
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