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Daily Israel Report

Hijacking Attempt Averted in Bali

Drunk man reportedly attempts to hijack plane en route to Brisbane; man arrested in Bali.
By Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 4/25/2014, 10:26 AM / Last Update: 4/25/2014, 11:49 AM

Airplane (illustrative)
Airplane (illustrative)
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A Virgin Blue Airlines passenger jet has been hijacked on its way from Bali to Brisbane Friday morning, and forced to make an emergency landing at Bali's Denpasar airport. 

According to Indonesian officials, a passenger attempted to enter the cockpit in a hijacking attack.

Virgin officials have now announced that the passenger, who was allegedly drunk, has now been safely apprehended in Bali and is being taken in for questioning. The crew had apprehended the man during the flight, handcuffing him mid-air before landing, according to the Daily Mail

"This is no hijacking, this is a miscommunication," said Heru Sudjatmiko, a Virgin Australia official on the Indonesian resort island. "What happened was there was a drunk person... too much alcohol consumption caused him to act aggressively."

Concerns were raised over the flight - which according to the Telegraph, is Flight VA41, a Boeing 737-8EF capable of carrying 150 passengers. All passengers and crew have now been evacuated and are unharmed. 

The attack surfaces in the wake of continued searches for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared over the Indian Ocean on March 8. Over 200 people are still missing on that flight, and theories over the plane's fate have ranged from accidents to terrorism to a suicide attempt by the pilot.