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Batavia Air Passengers Take Bali-Bound Plane Hostage

Delayed, Angry Air Passengers in Jakarta Seize Aircraft to Force Airline to Fly them to Jambi.

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According to the National Press Agency Ė ANTARA, between 20 to 30 passengers staged a "sit-in" on a Bali-bound Batavia Air plane parked on the apron of Jakartaís Soekarno-Hatta Airport on Friday, March 28, 2008.

The passengers staging the protest were on Batavia Air Flight 7P-53, bound for the Sumatran city of Jambi, when the plane failed to commence its take-off roll due to a fault in the plane's radar system and returned to its apron parking space .

Frustrated at the delay of their flight and the lack of any clear news from the Airline on when they would fly, a group of angry passengers who had by then been waiting more than four hours somehow made their way at 5:30 p.m. to another waiting Batavia Air Boeing 737-300 which they boarded and commenced a "sit-in" demanding they be flown to Jambi.

The aircraft held hostage by the angry passengers was originally scheduled to fly to Denpasar.

Following negotiations with Airline officials and the provision of compensatory meals, a substitute aircraft was found that allowed the passengers to end their sit-in and board another plane that left for Jambi at 8:15 p.m., 6 hours behind the scheduled departure time.

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