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Bali Police to Interview Virgin Australia VA 41 Crew


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(4/28/2014)

The Bali Police are planning to interview the entire crew of Virgin Australia VA-41 flying from Brisbane to Bali on Friday, April 25, 2014. That flight was met with an emergency military and police presence that took 28-year-old Australian Matt Christopher Lockley into custody after the man reportedly tried to gain entry to the cockpit.

Quoted by the spokesman of the Bali Police, Hery Wiyanto said on Saturday, April 26, 2014, “We will take statements from the aircraft’s crew to determine the actual situation while the flight was underway.”

Wiyanto said the criminal division would interview Captain Neil Thomas Cooper, Co-pilot Tyan Richard Stockwell and the rest of the plane’s crew.

The police say the additional statements are needed to supplement explanations obtained from Lockley who has been moved to a police hospital in Bali.

Blood and urine samples have been taken from Lockley.

It is not clear if the data voice from the cockpit was downloaded as part of the police evidence file.

The drama began on Friday, April 25, 2014 when Indonesian Air Traffic Controller received a coded communication from the airplane that an “unlawful interference” was underway shortly after 2:00 pm when the plane was still one hour out from Bali.

Police and military authorities were immediately informed triggering the dispatch of an armed security contingent trained for such situations.

Meanwhile, planes scheduled for take off were delayed while inbound air traffic was deferred alternate airports.

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