Australian in Suicide Bid at Bali Airport After Causing AirAsia Flight Cancellation

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An Australian man threatened to commit suicide by jumping from the third floor of I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali yesterday, after causing an AirAsia flight cancellation the day before.

Gregory Lee Butler, 46, shocked onlookers as he stood at the edge of the third floor and repeatedly shouted “corrupt” and “rude”.

For more than an hour, until 6.18 pm, the police and airport aviation security engaged in negotiations with him until he was finally pulled to safety by an Austrian man.

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Arie Ahsanurrohin, the communications and legal head of state airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I, said that Butler allegedly had psychological problems and anti-depressant medicine was found in his bag, The Jakarta Post reported.

Butler had caused a cancellation of an Air Asia flight to Kuala Lumpur on Monday.

“He was one of the passengers on Air Asia flight AK 379. When the flight was going to take off, he suddenly knocked on the cockpit door, saying that someone wanted to kill him. For safety reasons, the pilot decided to return to the apron,” Arie said.

All passengers stayed the night in Kuta, before flying to Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday morning.

Butler was left at the airport for investigation.

“After the investigation had concluded, he suddenly threatened (to commit suicide),” Arie said.

The airport security decided to send him to Sanglah Hospital in Denpasar.

Butler would not be charged because he had not committed a crime, Arie added.