“There is no impending threat to the community,” the spokesperson said.
This incident caused 32 domestic flights to be cancelled and dozens of others to be significantly delayed.
In a statement, Malaysia Airlines said: “In the interests of safety, the commander of the flight made the decision to return to Sydney.
“The flight, carrying 194 passengers and five crew on board, landed safely at 3.47pm.
“The safety and comfort of our crew and passengers are of utmost importance to Malaysia Airlines.”
Ilya Vlasov, a passenger on the plane, told ABC that the handling of the situation was a “total mess”.
“I’m on MH122 now and have zero idea where the hell is the police … there is zero sign of security forces around. Is their plan just to wait till he falls asleep?”
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