Drunk man causes hijacking alert on Virgin flight

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Drunk Man Allegedly Causes Hijacking Alert On Virgin Flight


An Australian man is under arrest after allegedly causing a hijacking alert on a flight bound for the Indonesian island of Bali Friday.

Metro TV reports the plane's flight crew said the 28-year-old man was drunk and started pounding on the cockpit door mid-flight.

Fortunately, he didn't make it inside. According to NBC, members of the flight crew were able to handcuff the man shortly after the pilot told ground control there was a possible hijacking attempt.

And soon after the plane landed, CNN was one of many news outlets able to confirm the man was not able to get into the cockpit.

Virgin Australia Plane Lands In Bali Amid Reports Of Hijacking

Few reports are naming the man who allegedly banged on the cockpit door, but The Sydney Morning Herald says a Bali Air Force commander has identified him as 28-year-old Matt Christopher Lockley.

It's the "hijacking" call that had tensions so high for what ended up being a relatively uneventful incident.

When the pilot sent the distress signal from the air, Indonesian authorities on the ground interpreted it as an actual hijacking.

The BBC points out a Virgin Airlines official said the hijacking scare was a "miscommunication." The distress signal was sent out about an hour before the flight landed.

The Telegraph notes a passenger on the plane said the airport in Bali was briefly closed after it landed Friday. Lockley was arrested shortly after the flight touched down.

No one on the flight was hurt. NBC reports the authorities in Indonesia are interrogating Lockley, but flights at the airport in Bali are now back up and running.

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Armed Indonesian Air Force soldiers secure the Virgin Australia 737-800 plane on the tarmac at Denpasar airport in the resort island of Bali on April 25, 2014. A drunk passenger sparked a hijacking alert on a Virgin Australia flight from Brisbane heading for the Indonesian resort island of Bali when he attempted to break into the cockpit, officials said. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
BALI, INDONESIA - APRIL 25: Australian Matt Christopher, 28, a passenger of Virgin Blue Australia Airplane is escorted by Indonesian Air Force army personnel at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Kuta, Bali April 25th 2014. An Indonesian airport went on alert Friday as the air force announced that a plane approaching Ngurah Rai International in Bali had been hijacked in midair. Airline official Heru Sudjatmiko announced minutes later that an intoxicated passenger on the Virgin Australia flight from Brisbane had been arrested for creating a disturbance. (Photo by Dina Mahendra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BALI, INDONESIA - APRIL 25: Bali Police Chief Inspector Beni Mokalu answer journalist questions after Virgin Australia plane lands at International Ngurah Rai Airport on April 25, 2014 in Bali, Indonesia. An Indonesian airport went on alert Friday as the air force announced that a plane approaching Ngurah Rai International in Bali had been hijacked in midair. Airline official Heru Sudjatmiko announced minutes later that an intoxicated passenger on the Virgin Australia flight from Brisbane had been arrested for creating a disturbance. (Photo by Yanda Dwi Septian/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BALI, INDONESIA - APRIL 25: Virgin Australia plane is seen at International Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali, Indonesia on April 25, 2014. An Indonesian airport went on alert Friday as the air force announced that a plane approaching Ngurah Rai International in Bali had been hijacked in midair. Airline official Heru Sudjatmiko announced minutes later that an intoxicated passenger on the Virgin Australia flight from Brisbane had been arrested for creating a disturbance. (Photo by Yanda Dwi Septian/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BALI, INDONESIA - APRIL 25: Bali Police Chief Inspector Beni Mokalu answer journalist questions after Virgin Australia plane lands at International Ngurah Rai Airport on April 25, 2014 in Bali, Indonesia. An Indonesian airport went on alert Friday as the air force announced that a plane approaching Ngurah Rai International in Bali had been hijacked in midair. Airline official Heru Sudjatmiko announced minutes later that an intoxicated passenger on the Virgin Australia flight from Brisbane had been arrested for creating a disturbance. (Photo by Yanda Dwi Septian/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BALI, INDONESIA - APRIL 25: Indonesian Air Force army guard Boeing 737-800 of Virgin Australia at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Kuta, Bali on Friday, April 25, 2014. An Indonesian airport went on alert Friday as the air force announced that a plane approaching Ngurah Rai International in Bali had been hijacked in midair. Airline official Heru Sudjatmiko announced minutes later that an intoxicated passenger on the Virgin Australia flight from Brisbane had been arrested for creating a disturbance. (Photo by Dina Mahendra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
DENPASAR, BALI, INDONESIA - APRIL 25: Australian Matt Christopher, (C), a passenger of Virgin Blue Australia Airplane, who is believed to have tried to enter the cockpit, is arrested by Indonesian millitary officers at International Ngurah Rai airport in Denpasar on April 25, 2014 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Early reports suggested an attempt to hijack a Virgin Australia had occured mid-flight, although Virgin has since clarified that the disturbance was caused by a drunk passenger acting aggressively and attempting to enter the cockpit. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
DENPASAR, BALI, INDONESIA - APRIL 25: Australian Matt Christopher, (C), a passenger of Virgin Blue Australia Airplane, who is believed to have tried to enter the cockpit, is arrested by Indonesian millitary officers at International Ngurah Rai airport in Denpasar on April 25, 2014 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Early reports suggested an attempt to hijack a Virgin Australia had occured mid-flight, although Virgin has since clarified that the disturbance was caused by a drunk passenger acting aggressively and attempting to enter the cockpit. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
DENPASAR, BALI, INDONESIA - APRIL 25: Australian Matt Christopher, (C), a passenger of Virgin Blue Australia Airplane, who is believed to have tried to enter the cockpit, is arrested by Indonesian millitary officers at International Ngurah Rai airport in Denpasar on April 25, 2014 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Early reports suggested an attempt to hijack a Virgin Australia had occured mid-flight, although Virgin has since clarified that the disturbance was caused by a drunk passenger acting aggressively and attempting to enter the cockpit. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
DENPASAR, BALI, INDONESIA - APRIL 25: Australian Matt Christopher, (C), a passenger of Virgin Blue Australia Airplane, who is believed to have tried to enter the cockpit, is arrested by Indonesian millitary officers at International Ngurah Rai airport in Denpasar on April 25, 2014 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Early reports suggested an attempt to hijack a Virgin Australia had occured mid-flight, although Virgin has since clarified that the disturbance was caused by a drunk passenger acting aggressively and attempting to enter the cockpit. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
Matt Christophers Lockley (C) of Australian is arrested by Indonesian police officers after landing on the Virgin Australia 737-800 plane at Ngurah Rai airport in Denpasar on the resort island of Bali on April 25, 2014. A drunk passenger sparked a hijacking alert on a Virgin Australia flight from Brisbane heading for the Indonesian resort island of Bali on April 25 when he attempted to break into the cockpit, officials said. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
DENPASAR, BALI, INDONESIA - APRIL 25: A bus passes a member of the Indonesian military as he stands guard near a Virgin Australia airplane, which was forced to land at International Ngurah Rai Airport after the pilot sent a distress signal on April 25, 2014 near Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Early reports suggested an attempt to hijack a Virgin Australia had occured mid-flight, although Virgin has since clarified that the disturbance was caused by a drunk passenger acting aggressively and attempting to enter the cockpit. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
DENPASAR, BALI, INDONESIA - APRIL 25: A member of the Indonesian military stands guard near a Virgin Australia airplane, which was forced to land at International Ngurah Rai Airport after the pilot sent a distress signal on April 25, 2014 near Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Early reports suggested an attempt to hijack a Virgin Australia had occured mid-flight, although Virgin has since clarified that the disturbance was caused by a drunk passenger acting aggressively and attempting to enter the cockpit. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
DENPASAR, BALI, INDONESIA - APRIL 25: Members of the Indonesian military stands guard near a Virgin Australia airplane, which was forced to land at International Ngurah Rai Airport after the pilot sent a distress signal on April 25, 2014 near Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Early reports suggested an attempt to hijack a Virgin Australia had occured mid-flight, although Virgin has since clarified that the disturbance was caused by a drunk passenger acting aggressively and attempting to enter the cockpit. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
DENPASAR, BALI, INDONESIA - APRIL 25: A member of the Indonesian military stands guard near a Virgin Australia airplane, which was forced to land at International Ngurah Rai Airport after the pilot sent a distress signal on April 25, 2014 near Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Early reports suggested an attempt to hijack a Virgin Australia had occured mid-flight, although Virgin has since clarified that the disturbance was caused by a drunk passenger acting aggressively and attempting to enter the cockpit. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
DENPASAR, BALI, INDONESIA - APRIL 25: Members of the Indonesian military stands guard near a Virgin Australia airplane, which was forced to land at International Ngurah Rai Airport after the pilot sent a distress signal on April 25, 2014 near Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Early reports suggested an attempt to hijack a Virgin Australia had occured mid-flight, although Virgin has since clarified that the disturbance was caused by a drunk passenger acting aggressively and attempting to enter the cockpit. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
BALI, INDONESIA - APRIL 25: Virgin Australia plane is seen at International Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali, Indonesia on April 25, 2014. An Indonesian airport went on alert Friday as the air force announced that a plane approaching Ngurah Rai International in Bali had been hijacked in midair. Airline official Heru Sudjatmiko announced minutes later that an intoxicated passenger on the Virgin Australia flight from Brisbane had been arrested for creating a disturbance. (Photo by Yanda Dwi Septian/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Armed Indonesian Air Force soldiers secure the Virgin Australia 737-800 plane at the tarmac of Denpasar airport in the resort island of Bali on April 25, 2014. A drunk passenger sparked a hijacking alert on a Virgin Australia flight from Brisbane heading for the Indonesian resort island of Bali on April 25 when he attempted to break into the cockpit, officials said. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Armed Indonesian Air Force soldiers secure the Virgin Australia 737-800 plane on the tarmac at Denpasar airport in the resort island of Bali on April 25, 2014. A drunk passenger sparked a hijacking alert on a Virgin Australia flight from Brisbane heading for the Indonesian resort island of Bali when he attempted to break into the cockpit, officials said. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Armed Indonesian Air Force soldiers secure the Virgin Australia 737-800 plane at the tarmac of Denpasar airport in the resort island of Bali on April 25, 2014. A drunk passenger sparked a hijacking alert on a Virgin Australia flight from Brisbane heading for the Indonesian resort island of Bali on April 25 when he attempted to break into the cockpit, officials said. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Armed Indonesian Air Force soldiers secure the Virgin Australia 737-800 plane at the tarmac of Denpasar airport in the resort island of Bali on April 25, 2014. A drunk passenger sparked a hijacking alert on a Virgin Australia flight from Brisbane heading for the Indonesian resort island of Bali on April 25 when he attempted to break into the cockpit, officials said. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
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 on a Virgin Australia plane was arrested at Bali airport after triggering a hijack alert when he attempted to enter the cockpit, airline and Indonesian officials said on April 25. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
An Indonesian Air Force member stands guard near a Virgin Australia airplane in Bali, Indonesia, Friday, April 25, 2014. A drunken passenger who caused a hijack scare on a Virgin Australia flight by trying to break into the cockpit was arrested Friday after the plane landed on Indonesia's resort island of Bali, officials said. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
Indonesian Air Force personnel stand guard near a Virgin Australia airplane in Bali, Indonesia, Friday, April 25, 2014. A drunken passenger who caused a hijack scare on a Virgin Australia flight by trying to break into the cockpit was arrested Friday after the plane landed on Indonesia's resort island of Bali, officials said. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
Indonesian Air Force personnel stand guard by a Virgin Australia airplane in Bali, Indonesia, Friday, April 25, 2014. A drunken passenger who caused a hijack scare on a Virgin Australia flight by trying to break into the cockpit was arrested Friday after the plane landed on Indonesia's resort island of Bali, officials said. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
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