Malaysia Airlines plane turns back after 'bomb threat'


Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said the man had appeared drunk and referred to him as "a disruptive passenger".

However, the flight MH128 going from Melbourne, Australia, to Kuala Lumpur was forced to return as the passenger tried to enter the cockpit. Former AFL player Andrew Leoncelli told the ABC he was near the front of the plane and saw a man carrying a big object go towards the cockpit and become really agitated, saying "I'm going to f***ing blow the plane up".

Response time records showed that it took 104 minutes for officer to enter the plane after the Australian Federal Police (AFP) Operations Coordination Centre was advised of the incident.

Flightradar24, an aircraft monitoring site, said on Twitter that other flights bound for Melbourne were diverted to other airports.

"The objective in any serious incident like this is to get every member of the crew, every passenger off the plane safely, and that is what was able to be achieved".

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Passengers have criticised police for forcing them to wait 90 minutes after a man threatened to blow up a plane above Melbourne.

Flight MH128, which departed from Melbourne airport at 11.11pm local time and was scheduled to arrive at Kuala Lumpur at 5.28am. "Malaysia Airlines would like to stress that at no point was the aircraft 'hijacked'".

The flight returned to Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport less than an hour into the flight.

Passenger Scott Lodge told Australian Associated Press that the man grabbed a flight attendant by the arm and she screamed out for help.

One witness said he appeared to be holding an "electric frequency device" and not explosives, SBS tweeted.

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The passenger has been apprehended by airport security.

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Victoria Police chief commissioner Graham Ashton said police had initially thought it was a terrorism incident and tried to handle it accordingly, before deciding it was "a case involving a mental health issue".

"He attempted to gain access to the cockpit and was restrained by passengers and crew", a spokesman said on the Nine Network. All passengers have been safeuly disembarked from the plane.

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