Malaysia Airlines Plane Returns To Airport After Passenger Tries To Enter Cockpit

Malaysia's deputy transport minister, Abdul Aziz bin Kaprawi, told AFP the item was not a bomb, but a "powerbank".

"I certainly appreciate when you are on a plane in that situation one minute could seem like an hour", he said.

A Malaysia Airlines plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport less than 30 minutes into a flight after a Canberra man tried to enter the cockpit, claiming to have explosives.

Malaysian Airlines flight MH128 from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur returned to the Victorian capital shortly after take-off (11.11pm) yesterday after cabin crew alerted the captain to the disturbance.

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

Police have confirmed that the man did not have a bomb and that the incident was not an act of terror. The flight landed just after 11.40pm.

Armed officers from an elite police unit then boarded the flight, handcuffing him and escorting him off the plane.

A Sri Lankan man living in Australia has been charged today after he allegedly threatened to blow up Malaysia Airline Flight MH128 from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

According to Aviation Herald the Malaysia Airlines Airbus A330-300, registration 9M-MTI was climbing out of Melbourne's runway 16 when the crew stopped the climb at about 6500 feet reporting a passenger had tried to enter the cockpit.

Videos posted to social media show the suspect tied up and facedown, with a crew member bracing himself against his back and a passenger sitting in the seat above him. The Australian Federal Police said they were investigating the incident.

Tullamarine Airport officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Australian police said they found no evidence of a bomb on board the flight. "The plane landed safely at the airport", Victoria Police said in a statement. All passengers have been safeuly disembarked from the plane.

"There appears to be no imminent threat to passengers, staff or public and the investigation is ongoing", Senior Constable Adam West said.

The airport was put on lockdown following the incident, and there has been no word yet as to when flights to or from Melbourne Airport will resume.

  • Leroy Wright