Disruptive passenger tries to enter cockpit on Malaysia Airlines flight

Malaysia Airlines says one of its flights was forced to return to Australia after a disruptive passenger attempted to enter the cockpit.

Kuala Lumpur-bound Flight MH128 departed Melbourne at 11:11pm (1311 GMT) on Wednesday but turned back shortly afterwards when a man allegedly threatened those on board, Australian police said.

MH128 landed in Melbourne roughly 30 minutes after the flight took off according to a statement by Malaysia Airlines. Malaysia Airlines has released a full update on the incident on its official Twitter page.

At the minute it is thought that a bomb disposal unit has boarded the plane.

"The crews invoked emergency procedures and returned to the airport and Australian Federal Police responded, entering the aircraft and removing that male".

Melbourne Airport remains in a lockdown over the incident and all flights headed there have been diverted to other airports.

Fearless passengers tackled the alleged attacker about 20 minutes into their flight from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur and the Airbus A330 landed back at Melbourne Airport at Tullamarine without anyone being hurt.

"The guy was trying to open cockpit and hijack the plane", Melbourne man Dhana Sekaran posted.

Police said in a statement the man was speaking to investigators, after being subdued. The airline wishes to apologize for the inconvenience caused.

The Transport Minister said the man appeared to be drunk.

The airline has offered affected passengers accommodation at hotels and tickets on the next available flights or on other carriers.

When the plane landed, passengers were left on the tarmac for about 90 minutes, with very little information from airline staff about what was happening, according to passengers. The Malaysian government said the man detained is a Sri Lankan national.

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