Malaysia Airlines plane forced to return to Kuala Lumpur

Before this year, the Malaysian flag carrier had a good safety record but it’s been in the spotlight in the past six months after two aviation tragedies — the disappearance of flight MH370 on March 8, and the shooting down of MH17 on July 17 while flying over rebel-held eastern Ukraine.

The head of Malaysia’s civil aviation department has confirmed reports that a Malaysia Airlines plane was forced to turn back due to pressure problems.

“It was not able to maintain the right pressure differential for the comfort of the passengers,” said Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, director-general of the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA).

The aircraft was heading for Tokyo and after an hour in the air was forced to return to Kuala Lumpur International Airport because it was unable to maintain the correct pressure inside the aircraft.

The Star Online is reporting that the flight was 50 minutes into its journey when it was forced to return and passengers were transferred to another plane which departed a few hours later.

Read more here: ABC


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