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Michael Bachelard

Michael Bachelard is Fairfax Media's Indonesia correspondent. A former political reporter and workplace relations writer, he was awarded a Jefferson Fellowship in journalism in 2005. He is the author of Behind The Exclusive Brethren.

Air travel

'Panic attack' sparked Virgin incident

Michael Bachelard and Amilia Rosa The man who sparked hijack scare on Bali flight says a panic attack prompted the incident.

Hijack alert puts scrutiny on airline

Indonesian military officers haul Matt Christopher Lockley away.

Michael Bachelard, Cameron Atfield, Amilia Rosa Serious questions are being asked of Virgin Blue's pilot and copilot after they enacted full hijack alerts to deal with an unruly passenger on board a flight to Bali on Friday.

Indonesian police to question Matt Lockley over Virgin disturbance

A handout released by Indonesian Air Force shows Matt Christophers Lockley (C-back) of Australia being arrested by Indonesian Air Force soldiers after landing on the Virgin Australia 737-800 plane at Ngurah Rai airport in Denpasar on the resort island of Bali on April 25, 2014.  A drunk passenger sparked a hijacking alert on a Virgin Australia flight from Brisbane heading for the Indonesian resort island of Bali on April 25 when he attempted to break into the cockpit, officials said.

Michael Bachelard 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.