KUALA LUMPUR, April 21:
Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH192 en route to Bangalore from Kuala Lumpur is currently circling the airspace above the KL International Airport (KLIA) in an attempt to burn fuel before it attempts an emergency landing.
In a statement released at 1.35am, MAS confirms the incident, saying that the aircraft’s right-hand landing gear malfunctioned upon take off.
The plane is expected to attempt an emergency landing soon.
Meanwhile, the New Straits Times reported that a spokesperson with the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) said the plane will not be allowed to land until it is nearly out of fuel.
The spokesperson also said the plane will land on its belly and foam would be spread on the runway to prevent fire.
MH192 is carrying a total of 166 passengers, including seven crew members.
The flight had departed KLIA at 10.09pm before it was forced to make an air turn back while still in Malaysian airspace.
Sources say the aircraft’s right landing gear was either not locked properly or not in the right position.
Netizens are already talking about this latest incident to hit the national career, with the hashtag #PrayForMH192 already trending on Twitter.