MH360 to Beijing turns back to KLIA

The flight, due to landing gear issue, has landed safely at 9.03pm on Saturday

by SULHI KHALID/ pic by TMR FILE

A MALAYSIA Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur (KL) to Beijing experienced an air turn back to KL International Airport (KLIA) after facing a landing gear issue, the local carrier said in a statement yesterday.

According to Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB), flight MH360, which departed on Saturday, Nov 9, has landed safely at 9.03pm on the same day.

“Malaysia Airlines flight MH360 of Nov 9, 2019, departing from KL to Beijing experienced an air turn back due to a landing gear issue. In the interest of the passengers’ safety, the operating captain made a decision to return to KLIA,” the national carrier said in a statement yesterday.

It added that the aircraft is currently being rectified by engineers.

“Flight MH360, which was serviced by another aircraft, departed KL at 12.30am on Nov 10, 2019, and arrived in Beijing at 6.35am the same day,” MAB said. “Refreshments were provided to all passengers and the airline will also be arranging all onward connections.”

The airline stressed that safety is MAB’s top priority at all times and it regrets the inconvenience caused to its passengers.

According to earlier reports, flight-tracking website flight-radar24.com showed that the plane went into a holding pattern over the Straits of Malacca at about 8pm.

Flight MH360 departed KLIA at 6pm on Saturday and was scheduled to arrive in Beijing, China, at 12.20am yesterday.

Early this year in February, Malaysian Airlines flight MH724 bound for KL, reportedly made an emergency landing at the Sultan Thaha Airport in the Indonesian province of Jambi after reports saying there may have been issues with the plane’s fuel indicator.

The flight, which took off from Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta Airport at around 8pm, has touched down in Jambi just before 10pm on the same day due to the technical glitches.