Malaysia Airlines flight forced to land over bomb scare

A Malaysia Airlines flight from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur returned back to Melbourne due to a "disruptive passenger" tonight, Star Online reported.

According to reports, the passenger claimed to have explosives with him. "One disruptive passenger tried to enter the plane's cockpit", said Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz bin Kaprawi.

The plane has returned to the ground safely, requesting security assistance.

Flight tracking website FlightRadar24 said the plane was airborne for just 14 minutes after it took off at 23:27 local time.

"The flight had turned back after the operating captain was alerted by a cabin crew of a passenger who had attempted to enter the cockpit", it said.

All other flights diverted to Avalon, near Geelong, with Melbourne Airport reportedly in lock down.

  • Zachary Reyes