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A passenger onboard the Kuala Lumpur-bound Flight MH128 (centre, in black) being subdued by fellow passengers and a crew member after he tried to enter the plane’s cockpit. — Picture by Jolene TeoA passenger onboard the Kuala Lumpur-bound Flight MH128 (centre, in black) being subdued by fellow passengers and a crew member after he tried to enter the plane’s cockpit. — Picture by Jolene TeoMELBOURNE, June 1 — The last thing anyone wants to hear mid-flight — a passenger threatening to blow up the plane, as he tries to enter the cockpit.

That was the reality for travellers in Australia yesterday (May 31) night after their Malaysia Airlines flight took off from Melbourne.

Amateur video capturing the moment armed security personnel stormed the plane to remove the man, after passengers and crew tackled and tied him up with seat belts until the flight landed.

“We believe that the actions of the passengers and crew are quite heroic. They managed to calm the situation and allow the aircraft to return safely and we can’t commend them highly enough.

“The male is now in custody, he’s a 25-year-old Dandenong man. We do believe that he suffers from mental illnesses and the investigation is ongoing in relation to that.”

Police are investigating the incident and say it’s not terrorism related.

The plane has now been handed back to Malaysia Airlines, which is still recovering from two major airline disasters in recent years. — Reuters

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