Malaysia Airlines plane diverted over disruptive passenger

Malaysia Airlines plane diverted over disruptive passenger

Malaysia Airlines plane diverted over disruptive passenger

Malaysia Airlines flight MH128 was enroute to Kuala Lumpur from Melbourne, Australia when it was forced to turn back after a passenger tried to enter the cockpit.

A Malaysia Airlines flight from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur has been forced to turn back after a passenger reportedly tried to enter the cockpit while claiming to have a bomb. It said the other passengers left the plane safely, and the incident would be investigated by the airline and by airport authorities.

Flights into and out of Melbourne Airport were temporarily suspended following an incident on Malaysia Airlines flight 128.

The airline has offered affected passengers accommodation at hotels and tickets on the next available flights or on other carriers.

Flight MH128 took off from Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport at 11.26pm local time and turned back about 20 minutes later at 11.47pm.

The company released a statement about the Melbourne incident, saying: "Malaysia Airlines would like to stress that at no point was the aircraft 'hijacked'".

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Security personnel board flight MH128 after it returned to Melbourne.

Passengers' cellphone images and video showed heavily armed security forces moving through the aisles of the plane as they carried the man off the aircraft.

In the gripping interview, Andrew Leoncelli told how he confronted the man before he ran fellow passengers tackled him.

Tullamarine Airport officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment. "But it was not a bomb but a power bank.He was taken out of the plane handcuffed by Australian security officers", Aziz added.

Malaysia Airlines has seen two major airline disasters in recent years. Later that same year, Flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down in eastern Ukraine. "The man was subdued and a safety plan was enacted".

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