A Malaysia Airlines flight was compelled to come back to Melbourne to land late this evening after a “disruptive” Sri Lankan traveler on board up the Kuala Lumpur-bound flight asserted he was carrying a bomb, Malaysia’s agent transport minister said.
“It is not a hijack. One troublesome traveler attempted to enter the plane’s cockpit,” Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi told a leading news agency.
The traveler, a Sri Lankan national who was apparently drunk, was overpowered by the plane’s crew and later captured at Melbourne’s air terminal, he said.
“The traveler guaranteed to have a bomb. Be that as it may, it was not a bomb but rather a power bank. He was removed from the plane handcuffed by Australian security officers,” Aziz included.
The traveler was later captured by Australian authorities in Melbourne.
“Everybody on board is protected,” Aziz included.
“MH128 securely arrived in Melbourne Airport at 11:41 pm, safety and security are of Malaysia Airlines most extreme need,” the aircraft said in an announcement.
Malaysia Airlines affirmed the plane was compelled to come back to Australia and had securely arrived in Melbourne.