Drunk passenger sparks Bali hijack alert


DENPASAR, Indonesia: A drunk passenger sparked a hijack 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 Boeing 737-800 touched down on the popular island, after the pilot reported the Brisbane to Bali flight had been hijacked, Indonesian authorities said. However, Virgin Australia said the drunken passenger had sparked a false alarm when he banged on the cockpit door. Indonesian police later arrested Matt Christopher Lockley, an Australian national. “This is no hijacking, this is a miscommunication,” said Heru Sudjatmiko, a Virgin Australia official in Bali.


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