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Drunk man causes hijacking alert on Virgin flight

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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David S. April 25 2014 at 7:31 PM

Throw the book at this clown......tired of idiots like him causing problems on planes.

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pontificio David S. April 25 2014 at 7:43 PM

Why not just flush him out out the airplane?

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penstate79 David S. April 25 2014 at 11:09 PM

Ban him from traveling by air for 10 years. Anywhere in the world.

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rlw71345 April 25 2014 at 9:48 PM

Jail, no slap on the wrist.

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Buckingham's April 25 2014 at 9:54 PM

NOW is a good time to stop drinking, dude. Time to go ON the wagon.

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alspoolhall April 25 2014 at 6:49 PM

Shoulda had a V8 !

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valdemarjr April 25 2014 at 4:56 PM

WHY oh why had AOL started to show a VIDEO .... in which a person is simply reading the WRITTEN text, verbatim, which then appears below? This baffles me....

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dgadver valdemarjr April 25 2014 at 5:01 PM

Then they can adlib... and run an ad...

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Holstein2u April 25 2014 at 11:31 PM

He thought it was the rest room door, and he HAD TO GO BAD!

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Richard April 25 2014 at 11:45 PM

Some Australians need a good fight and a drink and then they're OK.

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JIM ISHOO April 25 2014 at 11:56 PM

All advertising, all B.S. want to get some air time airline which is going broke.

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lletraw April 25 2014 at 8:47 PM

Y A W N

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dwtomczyk April 25 2014 at 3:49 PM

was he looking for surviors of flight 370?

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