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‘Brace for impact’ alert as MAS diverts to Alice Springs

January 19, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Passengers were told to brace for impact when a Malaysia Airlines flight from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur hit massive vibrations yesterday and made an emergency landing in Alice Springs.

The plane, flight MH122, an Airbus A330, was still in Alice Springs last night. Reports said it was four hours into the flight when a “massive vibration” struck. One passenger spoke of hearing loud banging from the right of the aircraft before the vibration set in.

Nine News quoted another passenger, who was flying to London via KL, saying the lights had been turned off and people were settling in when a major vibration set the whole plane shaking. Passengers held hands and feared the worst as a flight attendant announced the pilot would give a 30-second warning before impact.

The passenger said crew didn’t seem to know whether the plane was crashing or landing. She said: “We were just bracing for the worst. I thought I was going to die.”

An engine was said to have stopped or been shut down.

The plane landed safely and the airline arranged hotel rooms for the night.

Malaysia Airlines stated this morning:

Malaysia Airlines flight MH122/ 18 January 2018 that departed Sydney for Kuala Lumpur at 1.06pm experienced a technical fault on one of the aircraft’s engines.

Safety was not at any time compromised and the commanding captain decided to divert the flight for technical assistance. The A330-300 aircraft landed safely in Alice Springs Airport at 5.48pm.

All affected passengers have been given hotel accommodation, meals and transportation. Passengers will be transferred from Alice Springs to Kuala Lumpur on MH148/ 19 January 2018. The flight is scheduled to depart Alice Springs at 5.45pm and is expected to arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 9.50pm the same day.

Malaysia Airlines is also working very hard to reallocate passengers with onward connections on to the next available flights to their destination.

Safety at all times is Malaysia Airlines’ number one priority.


Written by Peter Needham

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