Disruptive passenger tries to enter cockpit on Malaysia Airlines flight

The flight had only left the airport a few minutes before the incident with the passenger began.

The passenger from economy class jumped up just after take-off and claimed he had a bomb.

The statement gave no other details of the incident.

A statement from the airline said it turned back due to a "disruptive passenger".

Passengers worked with the flight crew to subdue the man.

The Malaysia Airlines flight has since landed safely and the passenger has been apprehended by airport security. According to reports, passengers tackled the man as he attempted to enter the cockpit.

Passengers who were onboard MH128 however are still in Melbourne Airport with their bags still on the flight.

All other flights were diverted to Avalon, near Geelong, with Melbourne Airport in lockdown at the time. Malaysia's deputy transport minister, Abdul Aziz bin Kaprawi, told AFP the item was not a bomb, but a "powerbank".

About three minutes later the same male voice can be heard saying the passenger was "claiming to have an explosive device, tried to enter the cockpit, has been overpowered by passengers".

Heavily armed police boarded the plane after it returned to Melbourne. The flight was around seven hours away from Kuala Lumpur.

The incident is the latest involving the Malaysian airline that is still missing MH370 that disappeared in 2014 and had MH17 shot down in Europe a year later.

The passenger was later arrested by Australian authorities in Melboure. "At the moment, the airline does not wish to make any premature conclusions until a full investigation has been concluded".

Passengers were screened upon disembarkation and put up at hotels, and will be offered seats on alternative flights.

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