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Malaysia Airlines Bomb Scare Over Melbourne

Passengers Wrestle With Suspect

Malaysia Airlines Bomb Scare Over Melbourne

A plane load of Malaysia Airlines passengers have had a horror ordeal overnight, after a drunk passenger attempted to enter the cockpit on their flight out of Melbourne.

The Malaysia Airlines plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Melbourne Airport less than 30 minutes into a flight after a passenger allegedly tried to enter the cockpit, claiming to have explosives.

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Triple M's Luke Bona spoke with those those on board:

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Flight MH128 from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur returned to Melbourne but the airline has stressed that "at no point was the aircraft 'hijacked'.

Witnesses say the man screamed: "I've got a bomb and I'm going to f***ing blow the plane up". He was quickly tackled by flight attendants and passengers who restrained him. The suspect was also believed to be drunk.


The man was apprehended by airport security after the plane landed and was sent to a remote part of the airport, while passengers waited on the plane for police to board.

Melbourne Airport was closed to all other flights during the ordeal, with planes diverted to Avalon airport.

Superintendent Tony Langdon addressed the media to confirm that everyone involved is safe and at this stage police don't believe the incident is terrorist related.

'What I can tell you about the male is that, his history would appear to have mental illness. We are obviously concerned for the passengers and crew. It would have been a very traumatic experience for them. We are now debriefing those people and looking after their welfare,' he said.

The aircraft has been moved to a secure location for further checking.

 

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