Aviation

Bangalore-bound Malaysia Airlines returns to KL

KUALA LUMPUR

Malaysia’s transport minister has praised the pilot of a Bangalore-bound troubled Malaysia Airlines (MAS) plane that was forced to make an emergency landing early today at an airport here for his “skillful” handling of the aircraft.

Flight MH192, bound for Bangalore, India, turned back to Kuala Lumpur after it was discovered that a tyre had burst on take-off, the airline said. “As safety is of utmost priority to Malaysia Airlines, the aircraft was required to turn back to KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport),” the airline said in a statement.

The plane landed safely at 1:56 am (1756 GMT), nearly four hours after it took off, the flag carrier said. “All 159 passengers and 7 crew members on board have disembarked from the aircraft.” The airline said tyre debris discovered on the runway had led to the decision to bring the Boeing 737-800 aircraft back.

Full report here Deccan Chronicle

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