Malaysian Airlines plane turns back over cockpit incident

A flight path showing a short loop back to Melbourne airportImage copyright FlightRadar24
Image caption The FlightRadar tracking site showed the plane airborne for less than 15 minutes

A Malaysian Airlines plane has been forced to turn back to Melbourne airport after a passenger tried to enter the cockpit.

Flight MH128, bound for Kuala Lumpur, was forced to return “due to a disruptive passenger”, a statement from the airline said.

The captain turned the plane around after being alerted to a “passenger attempting to enter the cockpit”.

The plane has landed safely and has requested security assistance.

Flight tracking website FlightRadar24 said the plane was airborne for just 14 minutes after it took off at 23:27 local time.

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Malaysia’s Minister for Transport, Liow Tiong Lai, also confirmed the flight had “landed safely after being forced to turn back due to a disruptive passenger attempting to enter flight deck”.

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