Based on Malaysia Airlines Twitter, the flight to Bangalore made an emergency air turn to Kuala Lumpur.
Six weeks after the disappearance of MH370, Malaysia Airlines flight MH192 bound for Bangalore, India which departed at 10.09pm on April 20, made an emergency air turn to Kuala Lumpur.
This has been confirmed on Malaysia Airlines official Twitter account about an hour ago:
Flight MH192 that departed from KUL at 10.09pm bound for Bangalore has made an air turn back towards KUL. More details to follow
A few followers on their Twitter account have mentioned that it’s probably caused by “burst tyres” or malfunctioning landing gear.
As I’m writing this post, the plane is currently dumping fuel over the Straits of Malacca, which is usually a standard procedure before attempting to make an emergency landing.
The aircraft is a Boeing 737, with registration 9M-MXJ is carrying a total number of 166 people on board which include 159 passengers and 07 crew members.
The following is the official statement released about 15 minutes ago on Malaysia Airlines Facebook page, way faster than what happened with MH370.
MEDIA STATEMENT released at 1.35am/21 Apr 2014
Sepang, 21 April 2014: Malaysia Airlines confirms that flight MH192 that departed from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at 10.09pm bound for Bangalore has made an air turn back towards Kuala Lumpur. The aircraft’s right-hand landing gear malfunctioned upon takeoff and is expected to make an emergency landing at KLIA at around 2.00am, today.
Flight MH192, operated on the B737-800 aircraft, was scheduled to arrive in Bangalore at 11.35pm the same day. The flight was carrying a total number of 166 people on board which include 159 passengers and 07 crew members.
Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the Airport Fire Rescue Services (AFRS) in anticipation of the landing.
The airline will provide regular updates on the situation.
The plane has landed safely at 1.56am Malaysia time based on their tweet:
Thank goodness for that! What’s going on with Malaysia’s aviation industry this year?