Terror in the skies as man claims to have a bomb
A Malaysian Airlines flight bound for Kuala Lumpur was forced to turn back to Melbourne, Australia as a passenger tried to enter the cockpit.
The flight was only airborne for 14 minutes before flight MH128 was forced to return back “due to a disruptive passenger.”
The captain decided to turn the plane around after being alerted to a “passenger attempting to enter the cockpit” the flight landed safely.
Abdul Aziz bin Kaprawi, the Malaysian transport minister, said the man was Sri Lankan and the item he claimed to have was a “bomb” however, it turned out to be a battery pack.
Kaprawi said: “It is not a hijack. One disruptive passenger tried to enter the plane’s cockpit.”
The airline said in a statement: “Safety and security are of Malaysian Airlines’ utmost priority.”
“Malaysian Airlines together with the Australian authorities will be investigating the incident.”
Malyasian airlines issued this statement on Twitter: “MH128, which had departed Melbourne Airport at 11.11pm scheduled to arrive Kuala Lumpur at 5.28am on 1 June, made a turn back to Melbourne after the operating Captain was alerted by a cabin crew of a passenger attempting to enter the cockpit.
“Malaysia Airlines would like to stress that at no point was the aircraft ‘hijacked’.
“MH128 safely landed in Melbourne airport at 11.41pm.
“Following the incident on MH128, the disruptive passenger has been apprehended by airport security. Malaysian Airlines together with the Australian authorities will be investigating the incident.
“Safety and security are of utmost priority to Malaysian Airlines. The airline wishes to apologise for the inconvenience caused.
“Passengers have safely disembarked the aircraft and will be screened by Australian authorities.
“They will be accommodated at hotels and offered on the next available flight or on other carriers.”
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) May 31, 2017
Media officer, senior constable Adam West of Victoria police said in a statement: “Emergency services were called to Tullamarine Airport around 11.40pm last night after a request for assistance from an airline.
“It is alleged that a man tried to enter the cockpit and threatened the safety of passengers and staff.
“The man did not gain entry to the cockpit.
“The man was subdued and a safety plan was enacted.
“The plane landed safely at the airport and passengers are currently exiting the plane and speaking to investigators.
“There appears to be no imminent threat to passengers, staff or public and the investigation is ongoing.
This story is being updated