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A mid-air bomb threat forced an Air Mauritius flight to return to Melbourne airport this afternoon.

Air Mauritius flight MK943 turned back while over Mount Gambier, South Australia, after a passenger made a bomb threat to crew, it is reported.

A man was detained by federal police after the Airbus A380 touched down safely.

An Air Mauritius spokesman has confirmed that a suspicious item was discovered on board.

Emergency crews were called to the airport at 2.38pm Melbourne time after the pilot radioed an alert.

A Melbourne Airport spokeswoman told reporters that there was "no danger posed to people within the terminals or wider airport precinct".

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