Malaysia Airlines Plane Returns To Airport After Passenger Tries To Enter Cockpit

Andrew Cummings
June 12, 2017

A Sri Lankan man living in Australia was charged today for allegedly threatening to blow up a Malaysia Airlines flight from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur.

He even threatened the passengers that he will blow up the plane.

Photographs on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation website showed black-clad officers armed with rifles on board the plane.

Saiqa Chaudhery, who said her husband Arif was on the plane, alleged the passenger was under the influence of drugs or alcohol and that he attacked a flight attendant.

All other flights were diverted to Avalon, near Geelong, with Melbourne Airport in lockdown at the time.

The man who disrupted Malaysia Airlines flight MH128, forcing the pilot to return to a Melbourne airport on Wednesday, has refused to appear in court.

"Malaysia Airlines would like to stress that at no point was the aircraft 'hijacked, '" the airline said in an emailed statement.

A Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight bound for Kuala Lumpur was forced to make a U-turn back to Melbourne last night after a "disruptive passenger" claimed he was carrying a bomb.

Ambrose said about a half-dozen passengers stopped the man as he ran back toward the rear of the plane and restrained him with seat belts. Police carrying semi-automatic assault rifles and wearing body armor took the man off the plane.

Malaysian Airlines has suffered a number of high-profile incidents over he past three years, with the disappearance of MH370 in 2014 resulting in the presumed deaths of 239 people on board and prompting an worldwide search for the never-recovered plane.

Police have not revealed what type of electronic device the man was carrying, but have said it was nothing unusual or risky.

Passengers from the flight were still not allowed to leave the airport at 8am local time - some eight hours after the plane landed, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

The passenger was later arrested by Australian authorities in Melbourne.

Australian authorities have started an investigation and passengers are being interviewed about the incident. He noted that the passengers' safety was the main concern and that the suspect was safely taken off the plane.

Malaysia Airlines has seen two major airline disasters in recent years.

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