MH179 forced to turn back due to technical problems - MAS

by Edisi Viral


HOME Posted on 17 Feb 2017 10:00:19


Malaysia Airlines ground staff walk past Malaysia Airlines aircraft parked on the tarmac at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang. - AFP Photo

MH179 had no choice but to turn back after its auxiliary power unit failed. AFP File Photo

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PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH179 en route to Colombo made a turn back to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) due to technical problems.

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Malaysia Airlines said the aircraft, which departed from KLIA at 10.10 pm yesterday, was forced to turn back when its auxiliary power unit (APU) was unable to start.

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“The aircraft landed uneventfully at 1.50am today,” it said in a statement.

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The APU is a backup power unit that is required to be switched on when an aircraft crosses over water.

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Malaysia Airlines said due to closure of Bandaranaike International Airport for scheduled maintenance at the runway, an immediate retiming was not possible, hence passengers were accommodated at nearby hotels.

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It said the flight would now operate as MH179D and depart KLIA at 3:30pm and arrive in Colombo at 4:35pm (local time), today.

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Malaysia Airlines said the return leg MH178D was retimed to depart Colombo at 5:10pm (local time) the same day and arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 11:20pm.

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“Safety is Malaysia Airlines’ number one priority at all times,” it said. The airline apologised to all its guests for the disruption to their travel plans. – Bernama

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