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August 25, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59A Tokyo-bound Malaysia Airlines B777-200 has been forced to return to Kuala Lumpur after nearly an hour in the air because it was unable to maintain correct air pressure inside the cabin.

“It was not able to maintain the right pressure differential for the comfort of the passengers,” Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, director-general of the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) told wire service AFP.

He said it was “not a major problem”

Malaysia Airlines officials could not be reached for comment. Malaysia’s Star Online reported that all passengers were transferred to another plane which departed a few hours later.

Simon Hradecky’s Aviation Herald confirmed that a MAS B777-200 performing flight MH-70 from Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo Narita was climbing out of Kuala Lumpur when the crew requested to stop the climb due to a technical problem and to enter a holding pattern.

“The crew subsequently requested a return to Kuala Lumpur without further detail and without requesting any priority or assistance, performed a rapid descent to FL100 (average rate of descent 2750fpm) and returned to Kuala Lumpur for a safe landing on runway 14L about 40 minutes after departure.

“A passenger reported the crew announced they were returning to Kuala Lumpur over a safety issue.”

The replacement B777-200 registration reached Tokyo with a delay of 2.5 hours and the aircraft that encountered the air pressure problem was able to resume service 13 hours after landing.

Written by Peter Needham

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