Drunk said to be Sri Lankan national disrupts Malaysia Airlines flight from Melbourne
ECONOMYNEXT – A Malaysia Airlines flight from Melbourned to Kuala Lumpur was forced to turn back after a passenger dried to enter the cockpit, a media report said.
AFP, a news agency quoted Malaysia’s Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi as saying that the passenger who was said to be a Sri Lankan was overpowered by the crew and was arrested by Australian authorities.
"It is not a hijack. One disruptive passenger tried to enter the plane’s cockpit," Aziz was quoted as saying.
"The passenger… claimed to have a bomb. But it was not a bomb but a powerbank
"He was taken out of the plane handcuffed by Australian security officers."
Malaysia Airlines confirmed the plane was forced to return to Australia and had safely landed in Melbourne.
"MH128 safely landed in Melbourne Airport at 11:41pm," the airline said in a statement.