Indonesian Authorities Drop Charges against the Alleged Virgin Australia ‘Hijacker’

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
By George Hatcher

VAThe Indonesian police have dropped all charges against the 28 year old Australian who allegedly tried to break into the cockpit of Virgin Australia Airlines flight en route from Brisbane to Bali.

After thorough investigation, the police officials learned that Matt Christopher Lockley was actually looking for the toilet after waking up from deep sleep. He mistook the cockpit door for the toilet door.

The special crime director of Bali police, Suryambodo Asmoro, said “The suspect we released because he has good intentions to go back to his country on his own, So he is going back alone, not accompanied or escorted.”

Lockley thanked the Indonesian authorities “I want to say thank you to the Indonesian police and authorities…They only followed procedures and they have provided me with a lot of care and support and I’m grateful for everything they’ve done.”

He denied the accusations made by the Virgin Australia officials about his being drunk. He said that he had only taken Panadol, Voltaren and Coca Cola before getting on the plane.

This post is an update of “Passenger Tries to Break Into the Cockpit; Virgin Australia Flight Landed in Emergency due to Hijack Scare”

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