Malaysia Airlines flight forced back to Melbourne after cockpit drama

Malaysia Airlines Flight Forced to Turn Around After Drunk Passenger Threatens to Hijack Plane

A Malaysia Airlines flight from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur returned to the Australian airport shortly after take off late on Wednesday after a passenger attempted to enter the cockpit, authorities said.

Passengers and the crew of Flight MH128 had to tackle the man and tie him up with seat belts until the flight landed, one witness told Reuters.

The plane landed safely and the man was apprehended by airport security, said Malaysia Airlines, which is still recovering from two major airline disasters in recent years.

The airline stressed in a statement that the flight had not at any point been hijacked.

Flight MH128 returned to Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport “after the operating captain was alerted by a cabin crew of a passenger attempting to enter the cockpit”, the statement said. – Reuters

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