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Malaysia Airlines Passenger Cockpit Attempt Disrupts Flight

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Airport staff wait in the shade under a Malaysia Airlines plane at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, March 2, 2016. (Olivia Harris/Reuters)

By    |   Wednesday, 31 May 2017 02:34 PM

A Malaysia Airlines passenger tried to enter the cockpit during a flight from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur, prompting the crew to turn back to Australia.

The MH128 flight was headed for Kuala Lumpur late Wednesday, but returned to Melbourne Airport less than an hour after it took off after a disruptive passenger tried to enter the cockpit, according to Fox News.

The plane landed at 11:41 p.m. without any problems and there were no injuries reported.

Airport security took the passenger into custody once the plane landed.

"Malaysia Airlines would like to stress that at no point was the aircraft 'hijacked,'" the airline said, according to Fox News.

Mh128 boarded by armed police. No one hurt. #mh128

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Malaysia Airlines experienced two deadly plane crashes in 2014, and the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that year on its way to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, Bloomberg noted. A search for the missing aircraft was suspended in January of this year.

According to The Independent, Wednesday’s incident is under investigation.

"Malaysia Airlines, together with the Australian authorities, will be investigating the incident," a spokesperson for the airline said in a statement. "At the moment, the airline does not wish to make any premature conclusions until a full investigation has been concluded."

Malaysia’s deputy transport minister, Abdul Aziz Kaprawi, said the passenger claimed to have a bomb even though it was later found that "it was not a bomb but a powerbank," The Independent reported.

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