'Drunk passenger' caused Virgin plane hijack reports

A Virgin Australia spokesman said a drunken passenger trying to break into its cockpit en route to Bali had lead to initial erroneous reports that a plane from Brisbane had been hijacked.

Passenger who sparked hijack scare was Australian

A "drunk passenger" on a Virgin Australia flight who sparked a hijack scare after trying to enter the cockpit has been named by Bali police as 28-year-old Australian Matt Christopher.

An airport manager for the company told Indonesia's Metro TV that Christopher had been acting aggressively and was handcuffed by the flight crew.

The Virgin Australia Airlines plane landed at Bali airport following the incident.
The Virgin Australia Airlines plane landed at Bali airport following the incident. Credit: RTV

An hour before landing in Bali, the pilot alerted traffic controllers of a possible hijacking on board, an Indonesian air force spokesman said.

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'Hijacked' Virgin plane lands at Bali airport

Flight tracking website Flightrader said the Virgin Australia Airlines flight VA41 reportedly hijacked en route from Brisbane has landed at Indonesia's Bali airport.

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Virigin Atlantic flight VA41 is squawking 7500 (hijack) on ground on Denpasar Airport http://t.co/oKcLmaX8iZ http://t.co/F6ZcMVQuF9

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This is the flight path for the hijacked Virgin Australia flight VA41. Standing on ground at Denpasar/Bali now. http://t.co/gWivgM0iIZ

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