Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Malaysia Airlines flight MH2 from Kuala Lumpur to London was delayed for about 11 hours because of a technical defect involving its Boeing 747-400 aircraft engine.
The flight, which was initially scheduled to take off at 11.40pm on Monday, 16 April 2012, finally departed at 10.34am, Tuesday, 17 April 2012, an 11 hours delay.
“A rescue aircraft was arranged with a fresh set of crew to continue the flight to London,” said MAS in a statement.
The national carrier said the aircraft experienced a technical defect in one of its engines while in the air.
“In the interest of passenger safety, the captain decided to return to KLIA and the aircraft with 351 passengers and 21 operating crew had an uneventful landing at 0205 hours this morning (Tuesday, 17 April 2012),” read the statement.
The aircraft was grounded upon arrival.
MAS provided hotel accommodation for the passengers.
Among the passengers is Dato Ahirudin Atan or better known as Rocky Bru, who wrote about the incident in his popular blog, Rocky Bru.
According to him, there was a loud thud from the left engine, 10 or 15 seconds after take off at KLIA.
The jumbo aircraft has to cirle around KLIA sky for 2 hours to dump fuel before landing at KLIA.
However the MAS Cabin Crews were professional despite the unpleasant ordeal.
Boeing company needs to send their best men to check on this, to ensure passengers safety.