AirAsia Statement: Flight AK 5218 Incident in Kuching International Airport


AirAsia flight AK5218 from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching veered off the runway in Kuching International Airport at approximately 2002hrs yesterday night, 10 January 2011. Initial report on visibility was good enough for an approach and landing to be made. The Captain managed to bring the aircraft to a safe stop and carried out a precautionary evacuation in line with company standard operating procedures. All passengers were evacuated safely. AirAsia will carry out a full investigation together with the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA).

There were 123 guests on board the flight. Four guests were sent for observation as a precautionary measure and were released shortly after. All other guests are safe and have been attended to accordingly.

AirAsia has prepared a dedicated phone line for guests affected by the closure of Kuching Airport and cancellation of flights today as a result of the incident last night.  Affected guests are advised to call this number:

Number : +603 2614 2999
Password : 123110111

AirAsia flights affected for today are:

1.        AK6036 departure to Kota Kinabalu at 6.10am
2.        AK5203 departure to Kuala Lumpur at 6.15am
3.        AK6562 departure to Bintulu at 6.20am
4.        AK6526 departure to Bintulu at 8.35am
5.        AK5201 departure to Kuala Lumpur at 9.35am
6.        AK6673 departure to Singapore at 9.50am
7.        AK5843 departure to Johor Bharu at 10.30am
8.        AK6546 departure to Miri at 11.10am
9.        AK5205 departure to Kuala Lumpur at 11.55am
10.      AK6505 departure to Penang at 12.20pm
11.      AK5207 departure to Kuala Lumpur at 1.55pm