Malaysia Airlines Plane Forced to Make Emergency Landing
Troubled Malaysia Airlines had another incident this morning as a flight scheduled to leave Melbourne, Australia, for Kuala Lumpur was forced to return to the airport and make an emergency landing.
The pilot said an instrument light indicating an engine fire came on in the cockpit of Flight 148. After circling Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport and dumping fuel as a precaution, the pilot landed the plane safely.
There were no injuries among the 300 on board.
Melbourne airport spokeswoman Anna Gillett told the Associated Press that "The pilot called an emergency landing and as standard procedure when a pilot calls any sort of emergency landing, emergency personnel are currently on site.”
The incident could have been an electrical malfunction in the cockpit or a faulty switch, however, as Malaysia Airlines released this statement via Twitter this morning:
[MH148] Preliminary inspection on the aircraft reveals no physical evidence of fire externally. Safety is our utmost priority.— Malaysia Airlines (@MAS) June 12, 2015
Malaysia Airlines is nearly bankrupt and going through a financial restructuring and a new branding identity in the wake of last year’s two tragedies – the disappearance of Flight 370 in March, still missing after 15 months, and the shooting down of Flight 17 over Ukraine in July.
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