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A disruptive passenger tried to enter the cockpit on a Malaysia Airlines flight

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A passenger attempted to enter the cockpit of a Malaysia Airlines flight Wednesday, forcing the plan to turn around, CNN reported. 

According to a statement released by the airline, Flight MJ128 left the Melbourne Airport at 11:11 p.m. headed for Kuala Lumpur, but was forced to return when he cabin crew alerted the captain about a disruptive passenger, according to a statement from Malaysia Airlines. 

The plane landed safely landed in Melbourne at 11:41 p.m.


"Malaysia Airlines would like to stress that at no point was the aircraft 'hijacked'," the statement read.  

Malaysia's deputy transport Minister Datuk Seri Ab Aziz Kapraw told The Star that the disruptive passenger was believed to be drunk. 

"Malaysia Airlines practises a high level of security and safety, so they turned back. The crew managed to handle the passenger and once they landed, they contacted airport security to have the passenger removed," he said. "I have no information yet as to whether the plane will be taking off again soon, but it is believed that the suspect is a Sri Lankan national, and that he was drunk."

The Mirror is reporting that other passengers claim the suspect had a "detonator" and threatened to blow up the plane before he was tackled. 

The Melbourne Airport had suspended all flights following the incident, but has since resumed service. 

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