Malaysia Airlines MH 128 forced to return to Melbourne
Melbourne: A Malaysia Airlines plane was forced to return to the Melbourne airport after a man who claimed to have a bomb tried to enter the cockpit of the aircraft on Thursday.
Flight MH128 from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was forced to return after take-off at 2323 hours on Wednesday night when a 25-year-old student from Sri Lanka tried to enter the cockpit, reports the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).
The accused, who has been living in Dandenong in Melbourne's south-east, was tackled by crew members and several passengers, who overpowered him and tied him up with belts.
Heavily-armed police wearing helmets and body armour and carrying rifles boarded the aircraft after it landed, and placed the man under arrest.
The incident was not being treated as terrorism. Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said the man was carrying a "speaker-type device".
He added, "It looked to me like a slightly larger version of an iPhone...As one of these bluetooth-type speakers. It has cords that allow you to plug it into some sort of phone device to play music on."
Commissioner Ashton said the man was released from psychiatric care earlier on Wednesday. He would be produced before the Melbourne Magistrates' Court later on Thursday.