Malaysia Airlines jet makes emergency landing in Alice Springs

Malaysia Airlines jet makes emergency landing in Alice Springs

SYDNEY: A Malaysian Airlines flight from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur had to make an emergency landing at Alice Springs on Thursday (Jan 18).

Flight MH122, which was carrying 224 passengers, was diverted to Alice Springs after one of the jet’s engines started making disturbing sounds, reports said.

Chin Kanani told ABC his wife became alarmed when she heard a banging sound.

"She said she was on the loo when she started hearing loud banging noises from the right-hand side of the plane and that's when all it started," Mr Kanani said.

"It was like hell this flight and they were told to be ready for an emergency landing."

According to passengers, the pilot had made a "brace-for-impact" call but managed to land the A330-300 safely despite having only one working engine.

"The pilot landed on one engine only, one of them was completely broken," Mohamad Nogheib, a fellow passenger, told ABC. 

Malaysia Airlines said in a statement on Thursday that Flight MH122 had been diverted due to "technical reasons".

"The A330-300 aircraft safely landed in Alice Springs Airport at 5.48pm," the airline said. 

MH122 departed Sydney Airport at 1.06pm and was scheduled to arrive Kuala Lumpur at 6.30pm the same day, the airline added.

Hotels have been arranged for passengers in Alice Springs while replacement flights are being organised.

Malaysia Airlines has since issued an apology

In a statement on Friday, it said: "Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets the distress experienced by passengers of MH122 on Jan 18, 2018 following the diversion of the aircraft to Alice Springs Airport on its way to Kuala Lumpur from Sydney."

Group CEO Izham Ismail added that "safety was at no time compromised", despite the emergency landing.

Source: CNA/ec