Manodh Marks, Lankan youth aged 26, who forced Malaysia Airlines flight MH128 bound for Kuala Lumpur to turn back was jailed 12 years.
Soon after take-off on 31st May 2017, threatening to set off a bomb Marks ran down the aisle of the Airbus A330 holding two electronic devices with flashing blue lights, saying he was going to blow up the plane. Marks, who was actually holding a speaker device and a power bank that night, was eventually overpowered by passengers and restrained with cable ties until the flight landed back at Melbourne Airport. Police made more than 200 passengers stay on the plane for almost 90 minutes before storming the aircraft and arresting Marks.
Police made more than 200 passengers stay on the plane for almost 90 minutes before storming the aircraft and arresting Marks. Marks pleaded guilty to the federal charge of attempting to take control of an aircraft, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years’ jail. The Lankan youth had been living in Dandenong and studying hospitality after his “prosperous” family sent him to Australia for education. But he had fallen into regular ice use, and on the night of the flight was suffering a drug-induced psychosis with delusions.