Sunday, August 24, 2014

Malaysia/Japan: Tokyo-Bound MH Flight Returns to KL Due to Cabin Pressurization Problems

According to AFP, a Malaysia Airlines jetliner was forced to return to Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Sunday (August 24) as the interior cabin was having a problem related to pressurization after only an hour into the flight.

According to Canada-based, said the Tokyo-bound flight was 50 minutes into its journey when it was forced to return to Kuala Lumpur after takeoff. 

COMMENT: Airline loyalty aside, it would be appropriate for Malaysian Airlines to thoroughly ensure that all flights are fully airworthy so as to rule out "false-starts" and industry reliability rumors.

Passengers were subsequently transferred to another MH aircraft.

The flag carrier, which prior to this year had a good safety record, has been in the spotlight in the past six months following two fatal aviation tragedies:  the disappearance of flight MH370 on March 8 and the shooting down of MH17 on July 17, while flying over rebel-held eastern Ukraine.

The two aviation tragedies killed 537 passengers.