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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.

Read: 'Drunk passenger' caused Virgin plane hijack reports

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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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Virgin Galactic aircraft soars to record heights

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo has made its third rocket-powered supersonic flight in the Mojave Desert, soaring to a record 71,000 feet.

The company says the reusable space vehicle was carried by aeroplane to 46,000 feet yesterday and then released.

Virgin Galactic's rocket SpaceShipTwo Credit: Virgin Galactic

The craft used its rocket motor the rest of the way to reach its highest altitude to date. SpaceShipTwo and its two-member crew then glided to a safe landing in the desert north of Los Angeles.

Virgin Galactic says the 10-minute test flight moves the company closer to its goal of flying paying passengers into space.

Plane makes emergency landing leaving many stranded

A Virgin Atlantic passenger plane en route to New York had to make an emergency landing at a small Canadian airport leaving British holidaymakers stranded.

A Virgin Atlantic 747 plane lands at Heathrow Airport. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive

More than 250 passengers and crew on board Virgin Atlantic's flight VS25 from Heathrow had to make the unscheduled touch down at Gander Airport in Newfoundland after a technical fault believed to do with refuelling.

The plane will not be used to fly the passengers to John F Kennedy Airport and another aircraft is on its way to transport them, a Virgin Atlantic spokeswoman said.

The area surrounding Gander Airport is small and there were no available hotel rooms for passengers who had no option but to spend the night inside the terminal.

The airline could not confirm what caused the technical fault and engineers are currently performing tests.

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