Malaysia Airlines passenger arrested in Sydney after mid-air incident, police say

Malaysia Airlines passenger arrested in Sydney after mid-air incident, police say
Relatives attend the commemoration at the National Monument MH17 in Park Vijfhuizen, in Vijfhuizen, Netherlands, 17 July 2023. It is nine years ago that the Malaysia Airlines plane from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down over Ukraine with a Buk missile killing all 298 people on board. EPA-EFE/Sem van der Wal

Australian police on Monday arrested a 45-year-old man travelling on a Malaysia Airlines flight from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur, following an in-flight incident, but said there was no threat to the community.

Flight MH122 turned back to Sydney while still over Australia after a man had become aggressive and began shouting at passengers, the Guardian reported, citing a man who said on social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, he had been on board. Reuters could not immediately verify the report.

Police gave no further details about the incident, but said the passengers and the crew were evacuated from the plane once it was deemed safe. They said the man would be charged on Monday night, without giving details of the suspected offence.

As a result of the incident, 32 domestic flights were cancelled, and other domestic flights faced a delay of up to 90 minutes, Sydney Airport said on the X platform.

There were no international flight cancellations.




(Reporting by Chandni Shah in Bengaluru and Jackson Lewis in Sydney; Editing by Alison Williams)


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