Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Malaysia Airlines MH128 Enroute Kuala Lumpur Returns Back To Melbourne Airport After Passenger Threatened To Bomb The Plane

A Malaysian Airlines plane MH128 on its way to Kuala Lumpur was forced to return back to Melbourne airport after a 'threat' made by a passenger to blow up the plane and kill everyone on board.

The plane which had departed Melbourne Airport at 11.11pm and scheduled to arrive Kuala Lumpur at 5.28am on 1 June was forced to turn back, making an emergency landing, and putting the airport on lockdown. 

Passengers were able to subdue the man who made the bomb scare by holding him down till security operatives came on board after the plane landed.

Witnesses recalled that the man said "I'm going to blow up this plane" as he tried to enter the cockpit before he was taken down by passengers, Mirror reports.

However, Malaysia's Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz bin Kaprawi told AFP that it was not a hijack, adding that the passenger only tried to enter the cockpit.

"The passenger claimed to have a bomb, but It was not a bomb, it was a power bank," Aziz said.

The airline, in a statement on its website, said all passengers are safe and would be placed on the next available flight.

"Following the incident on MH128, the disruptive passenger has been apprehended by airport security. Malaysia Airlines together with the Australian authorities will be investigating the incident.

"Safety and security are of utmost priority to malaysia airlines. The airline wishes to apologise for the inconvenience caused.

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

They will be accommodated at hotels and offered on the next available flight or on other carriers".

A Malaysian Airline plane

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