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July 20, 2017 Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

An Australian man who on Monday allegedly stopped an aircraft taking off from Bali – by knocking on the cockpit door and saying someone wanted to kill him – can be seen in video footage a day later standing on a narrow, third-floor ledge at Bali’s international airport, ranting, screaming and apparently threatening to jump.

The man, aged 46 and from Victoria, caused chaos in the airport’s busy departures area on Tuesday night before an Austrian man climbed on the same ledge in a brave bid to resolve the situation, PerthNow reported.

The Jakarta Post said the Australian had threatened to commit suicide by leaping from the ledge. Its report was headed: “Australian threatens suicide at Bali airport”.

The commotion and disruption at Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport went on for well over an hour, with the Australian repeatedly shouting the words “rude” and “corrupt” before the Austrian managed to grab him, perhaps saving the Australian’s life. Airport security then pounced on the Australian, wrestled him to the floor and took him away to safety.

See the dramatic rescue here:

The PerthNow report said authorities found antidepressant medications on the Australian, who was taken to hospital for medical and psychiatric evaluation.

The disturbed man is said to have given media at the airport a rambling and garbled explanation for his actions, saying he wanted to expose corrupt Government officials. He was then sedated and taken away in an ambulance.

The story then got stranger. An official at the airport said the man had been on an Air Asia flight from Denpasar to Kuala Lumpur the previous evening, but had prevented the plane’s departure by knocking on the cockpit door and making paranoid-sounding statements that led the pilot to return the aircraft to the gate. The flight, AK 379, was then cancelled and all passengers had to spend the night in Kuta.

The Australian was left at the airport for investigation.

“After the investigation had concluded, he suddenly threatened [to commit suicide],” an official told the Jakarta Post.

It’s not the first weird incident at Bali’s airport. They happen periodically. A year ago, YouTube footage was posted showing a man (said by the poster to be an Australian) strolling nonchalantly around the airport at about 4am.

Nothing unusual about that – except the man happens to be naked.

The clip lasts only six seconds and does indeed appear to show that, though there’s no way of knowing the man’s nationality.

Written by Peter Needham

Currently there is "1 comment" on this Article:

  1. AgentGerko says:

    Bali? I’d rather holiday at Rooty Hill RSL. The combination of crappy budget airlines to get you there, security concerns when you’re there, and boozed-up bogan Aussie tourists staggering around everywhere makes this one place I have no intention of revisiting.

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