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Drunk passenger forces flight to turn back

Malaysia Airlines flight to Colombo had to turn back to Kuala Lumpur due to a drunk passenger. (Supplied)

A Malaysia Airlines flight to Colombo had to turn back to Kuala Lumpur due to a drunk passenger, the national carrier said on Sunday.

Flight MH179 had taken off from Kuala Lumpur late on Saturday.

"The intoxicated passenger started harassing Malaysia Airlines' crew shortly after the flight was airborne," the company said in a statement.

"Due to his big body size, other guests had to assist the crew to restrain the passenger."

The airline said the plane was forced to return to "ensure safety and comfort of those onboard" and the unruly passenger had been handed over to authorities.

The airline did not give other details.

Flightradar24 had tweeted early on Sunday that the plane was returning after two hours of "fuel burn to reduce landing weight".

AFP could not immediately reach Malaysia Airlines for comment.


 

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