A Malaysia Airlines plane that experienced malfunctions soon after takeoff has landed safely in Kuala Lumpur. The Malaysia plane was on its way to India with 166 people aboard before making an emergency landing for malfunctions.
The airline said Flight 192 to Bangalore in southern India was forced to turn back after the pilot reported a problem with its landing gear.
“This was because one of the tyres on the right-hand main landing gear burst during takeoff,” the airline said in a statement.
Malaysia Airlines said tire debris was found on the runway, prompting air traffic control to immediately order the pilot to turn back to the airport. Fire rescue services were also deployed to be on standby for the landing. The airline said all 159 passengers and seven crew members have disembarked from the plane and no one was injured.
Stockholm-based Flightradar24, which tracks air traffic in real time on its website, showed the plane repeatedly circling the airport before making the emergency landing, presumably to burn off fuel and lighten the plane’s load before landing.
“They have landed safely -thank God!” acting Transport Minister and Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein tweeted.
The incident comes more than six weeks after a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 with 239 people on board 8isappeared March 8 on an overnight flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
Searchers are still trying to locate the plane, which is believed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean.