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Tension as Malaysia Airlines plane forced to turn back

April 22, 2014 Aviation, Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

egtmedia59A planeload of passengers on a Malaysia Airlines fight endured some tense hours during the Easter break when their aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing after its landing gear malfunctioned.

Police in Malaysia have been ordered to investigate the possibility of sabotage over the incident on the Kuala Lumpur to Bangalore flight, in which a tyre on the plane’s main landing gear burst on takeoff, Britain’s Independent newspaper reported.

The plane, a B737-800 series aircraft carrying 159 passengers and seven crew, later landed safely after turning back from its scheduled flight. Media reports claim that during the emergency, Malaysia Airlines did not provide updates on what was happening.

Lack of communication from MAS was an aspect criticised in the aftermath of the baffling MH370 disaster, a little over a month ago, in which a B777 flying 329 people from Kuala Lumpur to Bejing turned off course and was never seen again.

The latest problem struck a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Bangalore. It touched down back in Kuala Lumpur after more than three hours in the air.

“The aircraft’s right-hand landing gear malfunctioned upon take-off and [it] was forced to turn back to Kuala Lumpur,” the airline said.

Malaysian transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein said earlier on his Twitter account that a tyre was reported to have burst upon take-off, ABC News reported.

“They have landed safely – thank God,” Hishammuddin tweeted.

In an unrelated incident a day earlier, a Qantas A380 turned back to Los Angeles International Airport after completing four-and-half-hours of a flight to Melbourne. The Qantas pilot took the action when a warning light indicated a fault with the fuel pumps. He decided to return to Los Angeles instead of continuing to Hawaii.

Meanwhile, the search in the Indian Ocean for wreckage and flight recorders from flight MH370 continues, with Australian search officials saying the current underwater search should be completed in about a week.

In another developpment, media group Fox was reported yesterday to have fired a veteran executive who used her company email account to plan aid for relatives of passengers aboard MH370.

Darlene Tipton says she emailed a woman whose boyfriend was aboard the plane, to propose a fundraising effort. Fox said Tipton’s conduct and communications on the matter violated company policy. Tipton, vice-president of standards and practices for the Fox Cable Networks Group before her sudden departure, hopes to continue her drive by soliciting contributions through a fundraising website.

Written by Peter Needham

Currently there is "1 comment" on this Article:

  1. Bill McCall says:

    I certainly hope it was NOT a B727 – there would be real cause for concern if it was !!! This type has been out of service for many years now and responsible/educated reporters would know this, thus placing doubt on the veracity of the information you publish

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