A Malaysia Airlines flight bound for Kuala Lumpur was compelled to return to Sydney Airport following an “emergency incident,” resulting in the arrest of a passenger, as confirmed by the police on Monday.
Departing at 1:40 pm local time, Flight MH122 executed a turnaround over north-western New South Wales, eventually landing back at Sydney Airport at 3:47 pm. The decision to return was attributed to a disruptive passenger onboard, according to the airline.
Malaysia’s national airline stated, “In the interest of safety, the commander of the flight made a decision to return to Sydney.”
Responding to the situation, Australian authorities activated an emergency protocol, leading to the evacuation of the Airbus A330. A 45-year-old man was subsequently arrested by the police, with the apprehension proceeding smoothly. Reports from Australian media indicated that the passenger had made threats to both fellow passengers and the airline’s staff.
The aircraft, which was believed to be carrying 194 passengers and five crew members, was later parked at the end of a runway. Nearby emergency vehicles were observed, as reported by Nine News.