Malaysia Airlines passenger tried to enter cockpit before ‘being tied down by travellers’

Malaysia Airlines flight MH128 from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur returned to Australia less than an hour into the flight shortly before midnight local time (3pm UK time) after passengers reportedly tackled a “disruptive” man

The Malaysia Airlines spokesman said: “MH128 departed Melbourne Airport at 11.11pm and was to arrive Kuala Lumpur at 5.28am on June 1 made a turn back to Melbourne after the operating captain was alerted by a cabin crew of a passenger attempting to enter the cockpit.

“MH128 safely landed in Melbourne Airport at 11.41pm. The aircraft is currently on the remote bay and waiting for security assistance to arrive at the aircraft.”

The flight was in the air for less than an hour before it returned to Melbourne (Photo: @flightradar24/Twitter)

A large area around the airport has been closed off and emergency crews are said to have met the plane after it landed safely at the airport.

Australian police confirmed to 9NEWS they were responding to an incident but gave no details.

Flights bound for Melbourne have reportedly been diverted while the incident is being dealt with.

A picture shared on Twitter shows the plane on the airfield at Melbourne Airport before armed police arrived.