Monday, 21 April 2014

Malaysia Airlines flight forced to make emergency landing after technical malfunction, as search for MH370

In the latest drama for the airline, a plane headed from Kuala Lumpur to Bangalore had to turn back mid-air after problems with its landing gear

Malaysia Airlines has tonight avoided a second tragedy in as many months, after one of its planes was forced to turn back and make an emergency landing due to a technical malfunction.

Malaysia Airlines flight forced to make emergency landing after technical malfunction, as search for MH370
As the search for missing flight MH370 continues into a seventh week, the airline confirmed that flight MH192 from Kuala Lumpur to Bangalore had tonight been forced to turn back mid-air, after its landing gear malfunctioned.

The B737-800 aircraft, which was carrying 159 passengers and seven crew, took off from the Malaysian capital at 10.09pm, but landed back in the city at 1.56am.

Fire crews were on hand to ensure the plane landed safely, but no injuries have been reported.In a statement, Malaysia Airlines said: "Malaysia Airlines flight MH192 that departed Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at 10.09pm bound for Bangalore earlier had turned back and landed safely in KLIA at 1.56am, today.

"This was because one of the tyres on the right hand main landing gear burst during takeoff. The Captain was alerted by Kuala Lumpur Air Traffic Control that tyre debris were found on the runway and immediately contacted Malaysia Airlines Operations Control Centre (OCC) at 10:25pm. As safety is of utmost priority to Malaysia Airlines, the aircraft was required to turn back to KLIA.
Malaysia Airlines flight forced to make emergency landing after technical malfunction, as search for MH370
"The Airport Fire Rescue Services (AFRS) were deployed as soon as the pilot was instructed to turn back to KLIA by OCC.

"All 159 passengers and 7 crew members on board have disembarked from the aircraft. MH192 will be retimed to depart KLIA at 3.30pm on 21 April 2014 and arrive Bangalore at 5.00pm the same day.

"Meanwhile all passengers will be accommodated at nearby hotels."

Malaysia's transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein who has been central to co-ordinating the search for MH370 - travelled to Kuala Lumpur airport to greet the safely landed flight MH192.

He tweeted: "All passengers are safe alhamdulillah [praise to God] - nevertheless - I am getting ready 2 go there personally."

The latest drama comes as the search for MH370, which disappeared on March 8 as it flew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, entered a "crucial" phase.

A series of sonar scans of the Indian Ocean floor will be completed this week, and it is hoped will finally provide some information on what happened to the doomed passenger jet.
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