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Bomb threat man had just been released from psychiatric care

The Sri Lankan national who allegedly threatened to blow up a Malaysia Airlines plane was released from a psychiatric facility hours before boarding the flight, police say.
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Victoria Police chief commissioner Graham Ashton said the 25-year-old man bought a ticket for the flight after he was released from the Monash Medical Centre in Clayton on Wednesday.

He said police had initial reports that there was possibly more than one offender or more than one explosive device on board, which led to a delay in getting passengers off the plane.

Mr Ashton said clearance was granted overnight for police to question the man after he was assessed to be fit for interview on psychological grounds. The man was likely to be charged and face the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, he said.

“We are no longer treating it as a counter terrorism incident,” he said.

“We did initially because of the reports we had and the assessments that were being made. We subsequently, on doing this assessment, determined this was a case involving a mental health issue.”

Mr Ashton said he believed the man was a voluntary patient at the facility.

Premier Daniel Andrews backed the police response but did sympathise with passengers.

He said people were understanding of the fact police had to know what they were dealing with before entering the plane.

He said rushing on could have made things worse.

Mr Ashton said had the incident occurred in Europe or the US, it was likely passengers would still be on the plane.

A passenger on the flight said the man was carrying a large black device that had several aerials protruding from it when he allegedly tried to enter the cockpit.

“I’ve never seen anything like it. It was the size of a watermelon, it was huge, it was black,” the passenger, former AFL player Andrew Leoncelli, told radio station 3AW.

“It had two sort of like antennae stuff coming off it, but it also looked like it had an iPhone jack in it, so it could have been just like a beatbox thing.”

The flight had taken off from Melbourne Airport bound for Kuala Lumpur just after 11pm on Wednesday when the man stormed into the business class section of the plane and demanded to speak to the pilot.

Superintendent Tony Langdon, from Victoria Police, said early on Thursday that the man was believed to have a history of mental illness. He is a 25-year-old Australian citizen from Dandenong, in Melbourne’s south-east.

“We do not believe this is terrorist-related at the moment,” he said.

“We are obviously concerned for the passengers and crew. It would have been a very traumatic experience for them.”

Mr Leoncelli described the alarming moment the man allegedly made threats to blow up the plane, while holding his mystery device.

He said he confronted the man, who ran towards the back of the plane, where a group of other male passengers detained him.

Those passengers held the man on the floor “with eight feet” on his head, back and legs, and hog-tied him as the flight turned around and returned to Melbourne Airport. The flight landed just after 11.40pm. iFrameResize({resizedCallback : function(messageData){}},”#pez_iframe_tipstar_409″);

“I ended up chatting to the lads who did it [detained the man], and they said they seriously did a number on him and put the hog-ties on him really tight.

“[They] basically sat on him with their feet on his back with his face into the carpet for the next 20 minutes while we turned the plane around and landed again,” Mr Leoncelli said.

Another caller, Russell, said his brother-in-law was on the plane, and described how the man had the device strapped to his body.

“Apparently a gentleman wearing a beanie stormed into the business class section of the aeroplane screaming that he wanted to see the pilot, and he had a device strapped to his chest,” Russell told 3AW.

“Three or four people in the business class section I suppose abandoned their champagne and their orange juice and they gang-tackled him to the ground. They sat on him until they discovered the device, I think it was a transistor radio, gaffer taped to his chest.” Russell said that his brother-in-law described how, once the plane landed, the police stayed “about five miles away” from the plane.

“His words were [they were] ‘probably having a meeting on occupational health and safety’ on how they were going to get into the plane,” Russell said.

Passengers said that, when the plane landed, they were left on the tarmac for about 90 minutes, with very little information from airline staff about what was happening.

Eventually, heavily armed police from the Special Operations Group, wearing camouflage gear and helmets, entered the plane and arrested the man. Malaysia Airlines flight #MH128 has returned to Melbourne after a passenger tried to enter the cockpit shortly claiming he has explosives. pic.twitter南京夜网/6PPTLgW1Qd??? Brendan Grainger (@S118869) May 31, 2017This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.