No bail for plane bomb threat accused

Pauline Gross
June 2, 2017

A Malaysia Airlines flight has been forced to turn back to Melbourne Airport after a passenger attempted to enter the cockpit of the plane.

"It is not a hijack".

Passenger David Henderson, said the plane was rising after takeoff when a man started running up and down the passage from the back of the aircraft.

The pilot turned the plane around and made an emergency landing back to Tullamane Airport.

The flight was minutes into its journey from Melbourne when the man walked from his economy seat to the cockpit door clutching an electronic device and threatening to detonate a bomb.

"Everyone on board is safe".

Manodh Monaragala Marks was arrested for trying to enter the cockpit of Malaysia Airlines flight MH128 is driven into the Melbourne Magistrates Court in Melbourne June 1, 2017.

The mid-flight scare ended safely, but passengers later criticized the police response which saw them sit on the tarmac for 90 minutes with what they thought could be a bomb on board, according to the Australian Broadcasting Authority.

The 25-year-old purchased a ticket for the flight from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur after he was released from the Monash Medical Centre in Clayton on Wednesday, said Victoria Police chief commissioner Graham Ashton in a report by Sydney Morning Herald.

"It was an isolated incident and we do believe he suffers from a mental illness", Superintendent Michael Goode of the Australian Federal Police told a media conference on Thursday.

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Passenger Andrew Leoncelli spoke of the terrifying moment he was "eyeballing" another passenger who said, "I'm going to blow the f***ing plane up".

"As we held him down firmly, I heard him saying that the security was not good and that he wanted to test the security".

Langdon described the experience for passengers as "very traumatic", adding passengers and crew were "heroic".

At that point, the would-be hijacker told Leoncelli that he was going to "blow the f***ing plane up".

Passenger Arif Chaudery said he joined several others to subdue the man.

The 337 passengers were taken back to the terminal and they and their bags were rescreened before joining other flights to the Malaysian capital.

"Following the incident on MH128, the disruptive passenger has been apprehended by airport security".

"There were three or four guys on him already".

Victoria Police said: "The man did not gain entry to the cockpit".

"There appears to be no imminent threat to passengers, staff or public".

Other reports by GizPress

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