Sabotage fear after Malaysia Airlines flight turns back
POLICE in Malaysia have been ordered to investigate the possibility of sabotage after a Malaysia Airlines jet was forced to make an emergency landing shortly after departing from Kuala Lumpur.
The captain of the Boeing 737-800, which was carrying 159 passengers and seven crew for what should have been a routine 90-minute flight to Bangalore, India, had to turn back after it emerged that one of the tyres on its main landing gear had burst during take-off.
Airport staff contacted the pilots of flight MH192 late last night after they found debris from the tyre scattered across the runway. It was also reported that the plane also had difficulties deploying the gear on its way back in.
The airline said that airport fire rescue services were deployed to the runway, but the jet was able to touch back down in Kuala Lumpur without incident around three hours after it left.
Malaysia's acting transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein, who has been at the forefront of Malaysian efforts to recover the missing flight MH370, travelled to the airport and later tweeted: "They have landed safely - thank God."