WRONG DOOR: Indonesian Air Force soldiers rush Matt Lockley from a Virgin Australia plane at Ngurah Rai airport in Denpasar.
WRONG DOOR: Indonesian Air Force soldiers rush Matt Lockley from a Virgin Australia plane at Ngurah Rai airport in Denpasar. INDONESIAN AIR FORCE

Passenger thought cockpit was toilet

THE Queensland man who sparked a hijack scare at Bali airport on Friday has denied he was drunk and claimed instead that he believed the cockpit door was the entrance to the toilet.

Plumber Matthew Christopher Lockley, 28, is in police custody in Denpasar but has been moved to hospital after prompting an incident that temporarily closed the airport.

Fairfax Media reports that Mr Lockley caused 13 flights to be diverted or delayed at the busy airport.

He has told Bali police he was flying to Indonesia to try to find his Indonesian wife.

He insists he consumed no alcohol and had taken only four Panadol, two Voltaren and drunk two Coca-Colas at Brisbane airport before boarding the flight to Bali.

Bali Police spokesman Hery Wiyanto said Mr Lockley had claimed to have been asleep for most of the flight, but after being woken for a meal thought he had lost his bag. He then decided he needed to go to the toilet.

"He thought the cockpit was the toilet. He thought he was banging on the door to the toilet," Mr Hery said.

As the commotion prompted the pilot to issue a hijack alert, the crew grabbed Mr Lockley and restrained him at the rear of the plane.

After questioning by police on Friday night, Mr Lockley was sent to hospital.

"He's still feeling disoriented. He's not feeling well, that's why he took the medicine in the first place," Mr Hery said.

Mr Lockley's blood and urine have been sent to hospital for tests, and police are waiting for results in coming days before deciding if they will charge him with endangering flight safety.


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