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Friday, 25 April 2014 - 13:29
Update : Arrest after Bali plane hijack alert in Indonesia
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A passenger who caused a hijack scare on a flight from Australia to Indonesia has been arrested at Bali airport, officials say.

Virgin Australia said a passenger had been handcuffed by crew on the Boeing 737 after acting aggressively.

The flight from Brisbane was boarded by Indonesian troops on landing after reports that it had been hijacked.

Virgin blamed confusion around the incident on a "miscommunication" and said the passenger had been drunk.

The BBC's Karishma Vaswani in Indonesia said fears of a hijacking were caused after the pilot sent a distress signal to airport authorities.

"This is no hijacking, this is a miscommunication," Heru Sudjatmiko, a Virgin Australia official said.

"What happened was there was a drunk person... too much alcohol consumption caused him to act aggressively."

An Indonesian air force spokesman said all passengers were unharmed and were being taken off the aircraft.

Virgin Australia Airlines, formerly Virgin Blue Airlines, is Australia's second-largest airline.

Update : Friday, 25 April 2014 - 14:10
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Arrest after Bali plane 'hijack' bid in Indonesia

A passenger has been detained in Indonesia after an apparent attempt to hijack a plane that landed at Bali airport, reports say.

The Virgin Boeing 737 plane had flown from Brisbane in Australia.

Police told Indonesian TV that a passenger tried to enter the cockpit and take over the plane but had since been arrested.

An Indonesian air force spokesman told the BBC that troops had boarded the plane.

A Virgin official was quoted by Indonesian TV as saying the passenger had been drunk and the plane had not been hijacked.

- BBC
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