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Dead ducks and emergency landing hit two MAS flights

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

egtmedia59A Malaysia Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur to Seoul made an an emergency landing in Hong Kong yesterday after suffering an electricity-generator failure. Another MAS aircraft flew into a flock of ducks on landing in Nepal and had to postpone its return flight.

“Electrical power continued to be supplied by the auxiliary power unit,” the company said said of the Hong Kong incident in an issued statement.

“The aircraft was then diverted to Hong Kong for rectification and landed uneventfully,” , the South China Morning Post quoted MAS as saying.

The Malaysia Airlines statement added that all 271 passengers on Flight MH066, an Airbus 330-300, had been transferred to other carriers.

Meanwhile, another Malaysia Airlines flight, heading from Kuala Lumpur to Kathmandu, Nepal with 180 passengers and crew members aboard, had a close call while landing at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).UHR 2 Article-Banners-250-x-250-pixels

The aircraft ran into a flock of ducks as it touched down, leaving the runway scattered with dead ducks, feathers and broken glass. The glass came, apparently, from one of the aircraft’s landing lights. The only injuries were to the ducks, airport authorities told the Kathmandu Post.

According to Malaysia’s Star newspaper, the airline’s cockpit crew did not immediately inform the air traffic controller about the incident, leading to a complaint.

Although the MAS flight captain later confirmed “suspected bird-hit”, he did so only after a Jet Airways crew reported the incident to the airport authority.

Airport officials found at least 10 dead ducks and some glass on the runway, the paper reported. Officials found two more dead ducks during a routine inspection later.

“It’s the first time that we have seen so many ducks in the airport area,” an official was quoted as saying.

The airline cancelled a return flight to Kuala Lumpur and passengers were tranferred to hotels. They flew out for Kuala Lumpur next day. Air traffic control has recommended action against the Malaysia Airlines pilots for failing to report the incident in time, the Kathmandu Post reported.

The incident comes at an acutely sensitive time for MAS, just 16 days after the unexplained disappearance of if its ill-fated flight MH370 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, with 239 people aboard. The airline said last night it had to “assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived”. See our separate story: All lives lost on MH370 says MAS as flotilla closes on sea debris

The search for floating debris is the greatest such operation ever mounted and is continuing, with Chinese aircraft and ships joining the international hunt for evidence.

Written by : Peter Needham

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