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Man who tried to hijack MH128 was just released from psychiatric facility

10 June 2017

Malaysia's Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said the "disruptive passenger" was apparently drunk.

PASSENGERS and crew on a Malaysia Airlines flight from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur tackled a fellow passenger who attempted to enter the cockpit shouting he had a bomb, authorities and witnesses said on Thursday.

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Flight MH128 departed from Melbourne for Kuala Lumpur at 11.11 p.m. local time on Wednesday and was about 20 minutes into the journey when the incident occurred, the airline said.

Former AFL player Andrew Leoncelli told the ABC he was near the front of the plane and saw a man carrying a big object go towards the cockpit and become really agitated.

Andy said the man ran to the back of the plane, where two other men grabbed and disarmed him of a "giant black thing" and "put hog ties on him".

Australian police said Marks had just been released from psychiatric care and boarded the plane hours later.

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"The Australian Security authorities screened all baggage, and they are being transferred to the respective flights that passengers are rebooked on", MAS added.

"Or, if there was an explosive device, the possibility of there being other explosive devices that the sudden removal of passengers could cause an issue with".

The man was subdued by passengers.

Photographs on Twitter taken by passengers show heavily armed police boarding the plane after its return to Melbourne.

Flight MH128 was transferred to a secure area while incoming flights were redirected to nearby Avalon Airport.

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A Malaysian Airlines flight carrying 337 passengers was travelling from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday when panic ensued.