The passengers of Malaysia Airlines flight MH128 were not about to go down without a fight: when a man allegedly attempted to forcibly enter the cockpit in an attempt to hijack the plane, they sprang into action and took him down, allowing the pilot to make an emergency landing in Australia.
The harrowing incident took place on Wednesday just minutes after takeoff. MH128 was headed from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, when a passenger jumped out of his seat and told the other passengers that he was carrying explosives.
Reportedly holding some sort of electronic device, the hijacker told a flight attendant and other nearby passengers, “I’m going to blow up the plane.” As he moved toward the cockpit, though, a handful of passengers were able to wrestle him to the ground and hold him there long enough for a flight attendant to restrain him with makeshift handcuffs.
Once the threat was under control, the pilots simply turned the plane around and landed back at Tullamarine Airport in Melbourne. Nervous passengers were forced to sit in the plane on the tarmac for over two hours until armed guards could come aboard the flight and apprehend the suspect.
Airport security grounded all outbound flights and redirected all incoming flights to nearby airports while they scoured the premises for explosives, grinding operations to a halt. An Australian police spokesman indicated that there was no evidence of a bomb onboard the flight or within the airport.
In a statement, Malaysia Airlines attempted to clarify the details surrounding the spooky incident.
“Malaysia Airlines would like to stress that at no point was the aircraft ‘hijacked,’” the statement read in part. “Following the incident on MH128, the disruptive passenger has been apprehended by airport security. Malaysia Airlines together with the Australian authorities will be investigating the incident.”