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Malaysia Airlines Makes Emergency Landing Due to Drunk Passenger

Impacting Travel | Malaysia Airlines | Donald Wood | May 11, 2015

Malaysia Airlines Makes Emergency Landing Due to Drunk Passenger

Malaysia Airlines has gone through several tragedies in the last year, but that thankfully wasn’t the case Saturday when Flight MH179 was forced to circle around the Malacca Strait for two hours before landing at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

According to Matthew Dunn of News Corp Australia, the flight was heading to Colombo, Sri Lanka, when one of the passengers under the influence of alcohol began to harass the flight crew. The man was very large, and it reportedly took several crew members and fellow passengers to restrain him.

With the safety and security of the flight in mind, the captain made the decision to turn the flight around. In order to make the proper landing at Kuala Lumpur airport, the plane was forced to burn fuel by circling the Malacca Strait to reduce weight.

Flightradar24 shared an image on Twitter of the plane’s course during the emergency landing:

The abrupt turnaround and the circling of the strait resulted in many Twitter users beginning to panic about the flight. The hashtag “#MH179” even trended Saturday afternoon. With so much bad news recently for the company, people were legitimately concerned for the flight.

The fear regarding the Malaysia Airlines emergency landing comes from the recent string of tragedies that have befallen the airline including 239 people missing from Flight MH370 and 298 people killed in the MH17 tragedy in Ukraine.

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