Malaysia Airlines flight returns to Melbourne after passenger ‘claiming to have a bomb’ tries to enter cockpit ‘and hijack plane’

31 May

The plane landed safely and the man was apprehended by airport security, said Malaysia Airlines, which is still recovering from two major airline disasters in recent years.

Flight MH128 returned to Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport “after the operating captain was alerted by a cabin crew of a passenger attempting to enter the cockpit”, the statement said. It had departed at 11:11 p.m. Melbourne time and returned at 11:41 p.m.

“Malaysia Airlines together with the Australian authorities will be investigating the incident,” the statement added.

Passengers disembarked safely from the aircraft and those affected were offered the next available flight or flights via other carriers, the airline said.

Arif Chaudhery, a passenger on board MH128, told Reuters that about 30 minutes into the flight a male passenger attacked a female member of the cabin crew who screamed out for help.

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