A drunk passenger who tried to force his way into the cockpit
of a Virgin Australia flight caused a hijacking scare.
The flight from Brisbane to Bali landed safely at Denpasar
airport in Bali, and the airline said all passengers were
Early reports were that the plane had been hijacked, but a
statement on Virgin's facebook page rejected this.
"There are incorrect reports that a Virgin Australia aircraft
was hijacked on route to Denpasar. This is not correct. The
aircraft in question has landed safely and at no point was
the safety of our passengers ever in question,'' the
The Sydney Morning Herald reported Virgin Australia airport
manager at Ngurah Rai, Heru Sudjatmiko, saying a drunk
passenger on flight VA41 had tried to get into the cockpit of
the plane but had been stopped by the crew.
Mr Heru said the man was handcuffed and put into a rear seat
of the Boeing 737-800.
Hijacking reports were "clearly a miscommunication'', and the
pilot had sent a distress call and told air traffic control
that the plane was hijacked.
"I don't know why that happened.''
ABC News reported Palani Mohan, who was on a Garuda Indonesia
flight taking off from Bali, as saying military-style trucks
had rushed towards the plane.
"The captain of my plane made an announcement saying we were
delayed indefinitely because a hijack was going on in Bali
airport, about 150 metres away from us.
"I saw at least five vehicles including military-style
trucks, filled with men in uniform, rushing towards the
"Bali airport seems to be in lockdown, we've been told no
planes will be departing or arriving.''