Malaysian Airlines plane turns back after passenger tries to enter cockpit

The plane returned to the airport about 30 minutes after takeoff.

"I can't go into specifics at the moment, but it wasn't an explosive device".

Police said a man tried to enter the cockpit and threatened the safety of passengers and staff.

The man was tackled by passengers who overpowered him and tied him up with belts.

Superintendent Andy Langdon of Victoria Police described the experience for passengers as "very traumatic", adding that the passengers and crew were "heroic". The police then entered the aircraft and arrested the suspect.

Passengers on the flight said they feared for their lives when he rushed towards the cockpit shouting that he wanted to "blow the plane up". It appeared to be a bluetooth speaker device.

Manodh Monaragala Marks was arrested for trying to enter the cockpit of Malaysia Airlines flight MH128 is driven into the Melbourne Magistrates Court in Melbourne June 1, 2017.

"I could hear this idiot saying that he wanted to go in and see the pilot".

"Suddenly someone said, 'What's that?' and the man sprinted to the back of the plane". "Staff screamed "help, help help".

"I hadn't done anything to him except confront him". He even threatened the passengers that he will blow up the plane.

"You can't control insane people", Henderson said. We'd better f****** do something'.

"The man was subdued and a safety plan was enacted", said the statement. Police are not treating the incident as a terrorist act.

Daniel Andrews, Premier of Victoria, said he had faith in the relevant authorities to appropriately deal with situations and praised the passengers and crew for their actions.

"He is claiming to have an explosive device". Later that same voice confirms the man had been subdued, but confirmed that they meant to land and have the device checked.

The delay was not "unacceptable", Ashton said in response to criticism.

"The plane landed safely at the airport and passengers are now exiting the plane and speaking to investigators".

The man now faces charges related to endangering a plane and making a false threat, which can carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing vanished en route in March 2014 in one of the most mysterious events in modern aviation history.

The plane, which was headed to Kuala Lumpur, was carrying 337 passengers. In a statement, Malaysia Airlines stressed that the plane had not been hijacked.

  • Leroy Wright