Drunk passenger causes hijack alert on Australian flight to Bali

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Indonesian troops were waiting for the plane after the pilot reported a possible hijacking while in the air.
A passenger who caused a hijack scare on a flight from Australia to Indonesia has been arrested at Bali airport, officials say.
The island\’s airport was closed for nearly two hours on Friday because of the incident, forcing several flights to be diverted, director general for air transport Herry Bakti Gumay told Metro TV.
The Australian passenger acted aggressively and began pounding on the cockpit door before being handcuffed by the crew, Heru Sudjatmiko, airport manager for Virgin Australia, told the station.
The passenger was arrested for creating a disturbance, he said.
"There was no hijacking at all," he said. "It was only a miscommunication."
A hijack alert had been issued by the pilot about one hour before the plane landed, Indonesia air force spokesman Hadi Tjahjanto said.
The Boeing 737 was carrying 139 passengers and six crew members from Brisbane, Australia, to Bali, which is a leading tourist destination for Australians, the AP news agency reported.
"The aircraft landed safely and at no point was the safety of passengers in question," an airline spokeswoman said in Australia.
Source: Reuters and agencies

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