Malaysia Airlines plane forced to return to Melbourne because of disruptive passenger

Randall Padilla
June 1, 2017

Malaysia Airlines flight MH128 of 31 May from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur was forced to turn back to Melbourne due to a disruptive passenger.

The airline said the man was apprehended by airport security after the plane landed and was sent to a remote part of the airport, where Mr Leoncelli said passengers waited 90 minutes before police boarded the plane.

Malaysia Airlines said the plane's passengers would be put up at hotels and offered another flight.

Flights into and out of Melbourne Airport were temporarily suspended following an incident on Malaysia Airlines flight 128.

The aircraft was forced to perform an air turn back to the airport, and landed a mere 14 minutes after taking off. "One disruptive passenger tried to enter the plane's cockpit", Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi told AFP.

Donna, the girlfriend of one of the passengers on board flight MH128, alerted 3AW to the incident on board the plane shortly after 11pm last night over concerns police didn't act swiftly enough.

Victoria Police confirmed that the man did not gain entry to the cockpit.

The man has been detained and all the passengers are safe.

"The pilot had then invoked their emergency procedures and returned the aircraft to Melbourne Airport".

Tullamarine Airport officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The airline said at no point was the plane "hijacked" following reports the man had tried to take control of the flight.

The airline has been hit by two major disasters, including the loss of MH370 in March 2014, in circumstances that remain unclear, and the shooting down of MH17 over Ukraine months later.

Passengers worked with the flight crew to subdue the man. "The man was subdued and a safety plan was enacted".

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