Malaysia Airlines Passenger Cockpit Attempt Disrupts Flight

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The man did not have a bomb and was restrained by passengers and crew. Police are not treating the incident as a terrorist act
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01 June, 2017

Armed law enforcement have boarded Malaysia Airlines flight #MH128 after a security incident at Melbourne Airport.

When the plane landed, passengers were left on the tarmac for about 90 minutes, with very little information from airline staff about what was happening, according to passengers.

Malaysian transport minister Abdul Aziz bin Kaprawi said the man was a Sri Lankan national and the item he claimed was a "bomb" turned out to be a battery pack.

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

The wife of another man who was on the plane said passengers and crew helped to tie the aggressive passenger down after he attacked an air hostess.

The man, who was screaming as he ran, was restrained by other passengers, Henderson said.

The passenger was arrested by airport security.

The flight departed Melbourne Airport at 2311 local time and returned at 2341, Malaysia Airlines said.

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Security personnel board flight MH128 after it returned to Melbourne. Police are now speaking with passengers who were onboard the flight as part for their investigation into the incident.

The minister said the man was holding a "powerbank", or phone charger, while Mr Leoncelli described it as a "giant black object".

The passengers reportedly overpowered the man after he claimed to have explosives.

It gave no other details of the incident.

In a few months after MH370 went missing, Flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down in eastern Ukraine.

"Passengers have safely disembarked the aircraft and will be screened by Australian authorities".

Police said in a statement the man was speaking to investigators, after being subdued. The airline wishes to apologise for the inconvenience caused.


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