Passenger tries to enter cockpit with ‘bomb’, forces flight to land
Authorities said a Sri Lankan passenger claimed he was carrying a bomb, but it turned out to be a powerbank. Flight MH128, which took off for Kuala Lumpur from Melbourne, had to return soon after take off.Updated: May 31, 2017 22:01 IST
Malaysia Airlines said its Flight MH128 from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur returned to Melbourne shortly after take off late on Wednesday due to a disruptive passenger. Authorities said the passenger claimed he was carrying a bomb.
“It is not a hijack. One disruptive passenger tried to enter the plane’s cockpit,” said Malaysia deputy transport minister Abdul Aziz bin Kaprawi.
“The passenger, a Sri Lankan national, claimed to have a bomb. But it was not a bomb but a powerbank,” he added.
The aircraft landed safely at Melbourne airport and was sent to a remote bay where the passenger was apprehended by airport security, the airline said.
MH128 returned to Melbourne “after the operating captain was alerted by a cabin crew of a passenger attempting to enter the cockpit”, the airline said in a statement.
The flight departed Melbourne Airport at 2311 local time and returned at 2341, Malaysia Airlines said.
First Published: May 31, 2017 22:01 IST