Malaysia Airlines flight back to Australia after the passenger attempts to enter cockpit, officials say

A Malaysia Airlines flight flying from Melbourne, Australia was forced to return Wednesday after a disruptive passenger tried to enter the cockpit, the airline said.

MH128 departed from Melbourne Airport at 11:11 pm (9:11 pm ET), but returned less than an hour later, after the captain warned the crew that a passenger tried to enter the cockpit, the airline said in a statement to Fox News. The plane was on the way to Kuala Lumpur.

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The plane landed at 11:41 pm on Melbourne airport without incident. The passenger was detained by airport security, according to the airline. No one was injured.

Malaysia’s deputy transport minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi told news agency AFP that the passenger claimed he had a bomb, “but it was not a bomb, but a powerbank.”


Flight MH128 was scheduled to land in the Malaysian capital, at 5:28 pm Thursday (local time). Not able to make the originally scheduled flight, the passengers were rebooked on the next available Malaysian Airlines flight from Melbourne and offered hotel accommodations.

“Malaysia Airlines would like to stress that at no time the plane was “hijacked” the airline said.

The australian authorities and Malaysia Airlines is investigating the incident.

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