Malaysian Airline flight MH 128 returns to Melbourne after bomb scare

A Malaysia Airlines plane had to return to the airport after a passenger tried to enter the cockpit.

It said MH128 landed after being airborne for 14 minutes.

"The passenger. claimed to have a bomb".

Andy said he tackled the man, who managed to get back to his feet and run towards the back of the plane, where a group of other male passengers detained him.

"He attempted to gain access to the cockpit and was restrained by passengers and crew", a spokesman said on the Nine Network.

It added: "Following the incident on MH128, the disruptive passenger has been apprehended by airport security".

The man who tried to enter the cockpit was reportedly subdued by other passengers, according to social media reports. The flight landed just after 11.40pm.

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Andy said the man was holding a watermelon-sized "giant black thing".

Lisa Wood, whose father was on the plane, said a "lunatic" announced that he had "a bomb" about 20 minutes into the flight.

About three minutes later the same male voice can be heard saying the passenger was "claiming to have an explosive device, tried to enter the cockpit, has been overpowered by passengers". Later that same year, Flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down in eastern Ukraine.

In response to the MH128 security incident, Victoria state police in Australia said there as no imminent threat to passengers, staff or public and the investigation was ongoing.

The passengers have disembarked the aircraft in the meantime and have been taken to hotels. Malaysia Airlines has released a full update on the incident on its official Twitter page. The airline wishes to apologize for the inconvenience caused.

Those passengers held the man on the floor "with eight feet" on his head, back and legs, and hog tied him as the flight turned around the returned to Melbourne Airport.


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