Friday, October 28, 2011
MASwings ATR72-500 made a turnback to Kota Kinabalu, immediately after departing for Sibu, 27 October 2011
A MASwings ATR72-500 aircraft operating flight MH3183 that departed Kota Kinabalu for Sibu, made a turn back on the morning of Thursday, 27th October 2011 for rectification of a glitch in its landing gear mechanism.
After take-off, the operating crew noticed the left side gear lights remained illuminated and this prompted their decision to turn back in the interest of the safety of the passengers.
The aircraft did three fly passes in front of Kota Kinabalu Air Traffic Control to confirm the glitch in the left gear. After the third fly pass, it was confirmed that the left gear was in its normal position and the aircraft had an uneventful normal landing at 0909 hours.
There were a total of 23 passengers with 4 operating crew on board and all disembarked without any untoward incident.
They later boarded another standby MASwings ATR72-500 aircraft and departed for Sibu at 1015 hours.
MASwings apologises to the passengers of MH3183 for the disruption to their travel plans.
Source : MASwings Communication Department