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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. 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.

'Hijacked' Virgin plane 'forced to land at Bali airport'

Indonesia's Metro TV said the plane was forced to land at Bali airport. Credit: Google Maps

A Virgin Australia Airlines passenger plane that was hijacked has been forced to land at Indonesia's Bali airport, Reuters reported, citing Indonesia's Metro TV.

Virgin Australia Airlines was formerly called Virgin Blue.

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.

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