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Malaysia Jet Lands Safely Following Distress Call

  • Reuters

FILE - A woman and a girl look at a Malaysia Airlines plane on the tarmac of Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

FILE - A woman and a girl look at a Malaysia Airlines plane on the tarmac of Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane with 166 people on board landed safely at Kuala Lumpur airport early on Monday after being forced to abandon a flight to Bangalore because of problems with its landing gear, the airline said.

Defense Minister and Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said in a tweet: “All landed safely - going there now!!”

Malaysia Airlines had said earlier that the Boeing 737-800, carrying 159 passengers and seven crew, had suffered a malfunction of its right-hand landing gear upon takeoff, and would be forced to attempt an emergency landing.

The website www.flightradar24.com, which displays live air traffic, showed Flight MH192 repeatedly circling Kuala Lumpur airport before the eventual landing.

Fire rescue services had been placed on standby, according to the airline.

Last month a Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in unexplained circumstances with 239 people on board, and the search for its presumed wreckage is still continuing in the Indian Ocean.
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