Published: Thursday 01 June, 2017

Malaysia Airlines Hijacking Stopped as ‘Bomber’ is Tackled by Passengers

Yes, it’a Malaysia Airlines again. Still recovering from twin flight disasters two years ago, a Malaysia Airlines flight from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur was involved in an apparent hijacking attempt, although the the mental health of the would be hijacker is still being investigated.

Malaysia Airlines hijacking

The would be hijacker tied down with a Malaysia Airlines flight attendant guarding him. (Twitter)

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH128 had just taken off from Melbourne when a Sri Lankan passenger, claiming to have a bomb, tried to enter the cockpit. Armed with what looked like an electronic device ‘with antennas’, the passenger insisted that he enter the cockpit to talk to the pilot.

When asked why, the passenger then said he would blow up the plane!

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‘Staff were saying “Sit back down, sit back down” and he said: “No, I’m not going to sit down, I’m going to blow the plane up”,’ said former AFL star Andrew Leoncelli who was seated in business class.

‘I said, “Mate, what are you effing doing?” And he said, “I’m going to blow the f***ing plane up”. And I was going, “Oh my god, he’s f***ing insane,” continued Leoncelli.

When the man ran towards the back of the plane, that was when Leoncelli and several passengers ran after him and tackled him to the floor, disarming the would be hijacker and tied him up.

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Flight MH128 then declared an emergency and flew back to Melbourne where the Sri Lankan man was arrested by waiting security personnel. Police later confirmed that the passenger had a history of mental health issues.

The Malaysian government, meanwhile, said the would be hijacker was ‘armed’ with a power bank.


Source(s) :

Metro, Mail Online