Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Press Statement Air Asia Flight AK 5218 Incident in Kuching International Airport on 11 January 2011.
Source : Air Asia Communications
11 JANUARY 2011 - AirAsia flight AK5218 from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching veered off the runway in Kuching International Airport at approximately 2002hrs (10.02 pm) Monday night, 10 January 2011.
Initial report on visibility was good enough for an approach and landing to be made. The Captain managed to bring the aircraft to a safe stop and carried out a precautionary evacuation in line with company standard operating procedures.
All passengers were evacuated safely. AirAsia will carry out a full investigation together with the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA).
There were 123 guests on board the flight. Four guests were sent for observation as a precautionary measure and were released shortly after. All other guests are safe and have been attended to accordingly.
AirAsia has prepared a dedicated phone line for guests affected by the closure of Kuching Airport and cancellation of flights today as a result of the incident last night. Affected guests are advised to call this number:
Number : +603 2614 2999