Technical fault forces Macau-bound flight to return to Penang

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PENANG: An AirAsia flight from Penang to Macau yesterday turned back to the Bayan Lepas International Airport here when the pilot detected a technical fault 45 minutes after take-off.

TECHNICAL PROBLEM: The AirAsia aircraft from Penang to Macau (left) has to return  to Bayan Lepas International Airport   after experiencing a technical problem after 45 minutes of flight. — Bernama photo

TECHNICAL PROBLEM: The AirAsia aircraft from Penang to Macau (left) has to return to Bayan Lepas International Airport after experiencing a technical problem after 45 minutes of flight. — Bernama photo

Flight AK 5072, carrying 180 passengers, had departed at 6.30am and returned at 7.37am, AirAsia Penang station manager Kenneth Tan told reporters at the airport.

“Forty-five minutes after take-off, the pilot realised he had a technical problem and decided to turn back,” he said. He also said   all the passengers left for Macau at 12.40pm on another aircraft of the low-cost carrier.

Malaysia Airports Berhad (MAB) senior manager in Penang, Abdul Wahab Mohd Yusof, said the aircraft landed safely and the incident did not disrupt other flight schedules. — Bernama