SYDNEY: A Malaysia Airlines flight headed to Kuala Lumpur was forced to turn back to Sydney Airport on Monday (Aug 14) due to a disruptive passenger on board.
Flight MH122 took off from Sydney Airport just after 1pm and landed safely back on the runway at about 3.45pm, Australian media reported.
Video taken by a passenger appears to show a man, who was wearing a backpack, threatening passengers and staff.
According to 9 News, Malaysia Airlines said the flight was turned around due to a “disruptive passenger onboard”.
“In the interest of safety, the commander of the flight made a decision to return to Sydney,” a Malaysia Airlines spokesperson said, as quoted by 9 News.
“The flight carrying 194 passengers and five crew onboard landed safely at 3.47pm hours local time.”