Isu keselamatan: Pesawat MAS patah balik...
Perkara itu diumumkan oleh juruterbang kira-kira 50 minit selepas perlepasan, kata seorang penumpang pesawat tersebut ketika dihubungi Malaysiakini.
Pesawat itu yang menuju ke lapangan terbang Narita, Tokyo itu berlepas dari Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur pada jam 10.50.
Selepas mendarat, penumpang diberitahu bahawa mereka akan berlepas ke Tokyo pada jam 1.15 petang dengan menggunakan pesawat lain.
“Skrin radar (paparan laluan penerbangan di tempat duduk penumpang) menunjukkan pesawat itu membelok ke kiri, lama sebelum pengumuman tersebut.
“Saya pada mulanya keliru, tetapi ia semakin jelas apabila mereka membuat pengumuman,” kata penumpang tersebut, Victor Tan.
Laman web MAS menunjukkan bahawa penerbangan MH70 “dijadualkan semula” dan dijangka tiba di Tokyo pada jam 9.25 malam.
Laman menjejak pesawat Flightradar24 menunjukkan MH70 hanya membuat pusingan di kawasan perlepasan sebelum berpatah balik.
Malaysiakini masih menunggu maklum balas syarikat penerbangan tersebut. - mk
MAS flight turns back due to 'safety issues'...
The plane had departed the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at 10.50am for Narita airport at 10.50am.
After touching down, passengers were then informed that they will be leaving for Tokyo at 1.15pm on a different plane.
“The radar screen (flight route display on the passenger’s seat-back screen) showed that the plane was curving to the left long before the announcement.
“I was initially confused, but it made more sense when they made the announcement,” passenger Victor Tan said.
MAS’ website states that Flight MH70 has been “retimed” and is due to arrive in Tokyo at 9.25pm.
Flight tracker website Flightradar24 shows that MH70 had merely circled around its departure area before turning back.
Malaysiakini has contacted the airline and is awaiting its response. The airline could not be reached via its general customer service line.
“I understand that we have to support our national airline in the wake of MH370 and MH17. Both were terrible tragedies, but that doesn't give MAS an excuse to slack off and play their part.
“It is incidents like these that destroy our perception of the airline,” he said
Last April, panic sparked aboard a Bangalore-bound MAS flight when it made an emergency turn back a month after the disappearance of Flight MH370.
Aviation experts, however, say that turn backs due to safety issues are not as uncommon as publicly-perceived.
MH370 disappeared en route Beijing in March while MH17 was downed while flying above east Ukraine separatist-held area in July.
The search for MH370 is ongoing, while the remains of Malaysian victims of MH17 arrived in Malaysia yesterday on what was declared as the National Day of Mourning.- mk