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Malaysia Airlines flight forced to land over bomb scare

A Malaysia Airlines flight was forced to return to Melbourne to land late tonight after a "disruptive" Sri Lankan passenger on board claimed he was carrying a bomb.

June 01, 2017 / 09:39 AM IST

A Malaysia Airlines flight was forced to return to Melbourne to land late tonight after a "disruptive" Sri Lankan passenger on board the Kuala Lumpur-bound flight claimed he was carrying a bomb, Malaysia's deputy transport minister said.

"It is not a hijack. One disruptive passenger tried to enter the plane's cockpit," Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi told AFP.

The passenger, a Sri Lankan national who was apparently drunk, was overpowered by the plane's crew and later arrested at Melbourne's airport, he said.

"The passenger claimed to have a bomb. But it was not a bomb but a power bank.He was taken out of the plane handcuffed by Australian security officers," Aziz added.

The passenger was later arrested by Australian authorities in Melbourne.

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"Everyone on board is safe," Aziz added.

"MH128 safely landed in Melbourne Airport at 11:41 pm, safety and security are of Malaysia Airlines utmost priority," the airline said in a statement.

Malaysia Airlines confirmed the plane was forced to return to Australia and had safely landed in Melbourne.
first published: Jun 1, 2017 08:50 am

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