Malaysia Airlines Flight Suffers Burst Tire, Has To Turn Back
While we may never know the fate of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, we know that Malaysia Airlines will be under scrutiny for a long time — and this latest incident won't help. On Sunday April 20, Malaysia Airlines reportedly had to cancel Flight 192's trajectory to Bangalore, India. The cause? A burst tire. Incidentally, the flight had to make a landing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's capital, which is where it had originated from — and which was also the point of origin for the missing Flight 370.
Flight 192 had 166 people on board: 159 passengers and seven crew. The airplane had managed to take off, but eventually was forced to return after the crew discovered the right-hand landing gear was malfunctioning. Before the plane had flown off, crew had also noticed tire debris on the runway, and determined that one of the tires had burst. According to Flightradar24, which allows the public to see air traffic, Flight 192 went around in circles over Kuala Lumpur before making its landing at around a couple of hours after it had taken off.
Here is an update from Malaysia Airlines' official Twitter, signed off "Alhamdulillah," which is Arabic for "Praise to God."
If it had been an airplane from any other airline, the reports of this malfunction might not have made the news. But given the unsolved mystery of Flight 370, Flight 192's malfunction was no small matter. Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein ordered an investigation of the plane's malfunction, while Police Chief Halid Abu Bakar insisted that the investigation look into the possibility of "sabotage."
Hussein still lauded the crew for managing the emergency landing. "I am very proud of the pilots and crew members who kept the passengers informed and calm until the aircraft landed without incident," he told The Daily Mail .