Malaysia Airlines flight turns back after bomb scare passenger tries to enter cockpit


A Malaysia Airlines flight was forced to turn back after a passenger claimed he was carrying a bomb and tried to enter the cockpit.

The flight from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur was turned back after the captain was alerted to the “disruptive” passenger by cabin crew.

It landed at Melbourne Airport at 11.40pm local time and was kept in a remote bay while security services were called.

The passenger was apprehended by airport security, Malaysia Airlines said.

Malaysian transport minister Abdul Aziz bin Kaprawi said the man was a Sri Lankan national and the item he claimed was a “bomb” turned out to be a battery pack.

Mr Kaprawi said: “It is not a hijack. One disruptive passenger tried to enter the plane’s cockpit.”

No-one was injured in the bomb scare, he added.

Images posted on social media showed armed police officers on board the plane and the suspect on the ground in plastic handcuffs.

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Source: Sky News