Malaysian Airlines plane forced to turn back to Melbourne after bomb scare

Malaysian Airlines plane forced to turn back to Melbourne after bomb scare

Malaysian Airlines plane forced to turn back to Melbourne after bomb scare

A man who allegedly attempted to enter the cockpit of Malaysia Airlines flight MH128 while threatening to blow up the plane was carrying a large black device that had several aerials protruding from it, according to a passenger on the flight.

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.

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

Passenger Andrew Leoncelli told Fairfax the man screamed: "I've got a bomb and I'm going to f***ing blow the plane up" before flight attendants and other passengers tackled and restrained him.

"Passengers are now exiting the plane and speaking to investigators", police said. "One disruptive passenger tried to enter the plane's cockpit", Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi told AFP. It had departed at 11:11 pm Melbourne time and returned at 11:41 pm.

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Donna, the girlfriend of one of the passengers on board flight MH128, alerted 3AW to the incident on board the plane shortly after 11pm last night over concerns police didn't act swiftly enough.

Australian Federal Police boarded the plane to check that there was no bomb.

Local media reports suggest he claimed to have explosives.

"They will be accommodated at hotels and offered on the next available flight or on other carriers", they said. "At the moment, the airline does not wish to make any premature conclusions until a full investigation has been concluded".

Flightradar24, an aircraft monitoring site, said on Twitter that other flights bound for Melbourne were diverted to other airports.

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