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TODAY   |  April 25, 2014

Arrest after drunk passenger tries to access cockpit

A 737 Virgin Australia pilot sent an emergency signal to the ground as a “severely drunk” passenger tried to break into the cockpit mid-flight. The suspect is in custody and the plane is safe on the ground. NBC’s Katy Tur reports.

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>>> but first, we want to get to today's top story. frightening moments for the crew of a virgin australia flight headed to bali . a passenger now under arrest after rushing the cockpit. nbc's katy tur is in perth, australia , with the latest on this. katy , good morning.

>> reporter: good morning, matt. it was a flight from brisbane to bali , initially reported as a hijacking. and now we're learning it was a severely intoxicated australian man. drama in the air overnight when a 28-year-old man rushed the cockpit of a 737 virgin australia plane traveling with 137 passengers onboard. the man reportedly made it to the locked cockpit door and began pounding and banging, trying to get to where the pilots were flying the plane. pilots then broadcast this secret code to ground control of a possible hijacking. but before the man was able to get into the cockpit, the flight crew reportedly grabbed him and handcuffed him to a seat in the back of the plane. authorities later said the man was severely drunk. the flight from brisbane to bali landed safely with everyone onboard unharmed. the man was taken into custody where he's now being interrogated by indonesian officials. now, virgin australia issued a statement saying the flight was at no time in any danger, and that the man was unarmed. to give you a little bit of context, it's a national holiday here today, and it could be the guy just got severely intoxicated before he got on the plane. of course, though, it does not diminish how serious or how scary this situation was. matt?

>> that's true. katy tur in perth on this story for us this morning. katy , thanks