Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Malaysia probes plane fruit knife panic

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) — Malaysian authorities said Wednesday they were investigating how a man boarded a plane with a knife that he pulled out mid-flight, causing panic among passengers.

The pilot of the flight from Kuala Lumpur to Dhaka made an emergency landing Tuesday morning in Bangkok, though officials disagreed over whether the man had brandished the knife in a threatening manner or just wanted to peel an apple.

"Malaysia Airports is currently conducting a thorough investigation into this incident," said head of security Kamaruddin Mohamad Ismail.

"The security officer on duty has been suspended pending further investigation," he said in a statement.

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