A Malaysian Airlines plane with 158 passengers and crew on board had to land under emergency conditions at the Indira Gandhi International airport on Sunday after one of its engines developed a technical problem.
The airline’s Delhi-Kuala Lumpur flight MH 173 took off from here at 13:08 hours. After an hour of flying, the pilot of the Airbus 330 aircraft noticed some technical problem in one of the engines and decided to return.
The plane landed safely at 15:05 hours under full emergency conditions, with fire tenders and ambulances alongside the runway where the aircraft was to land.
“After realising some problems with the aircraft engine, the captain immediately made contact with airport officials on ground to alert them about the situation.
“At Malaysia Airlines, the safety of our passengers and crew is our top priority. At no time, was this compromised thanks to the swift response of our pilots together with the close cooperation of the authorities,” Azahar Hamid, Malaysia Airlines Regional Senior Vice President (South Asia) said in a statement.
The airline apologised to the passengers for the inconvenience and said a team of engineers were trying to rectify the technical fault.
“We are also working to re-accommodate passengers on alternative flights to bring them to their final destinations as quickly as possible,” he said, adding the airline staff were trying to make alternative arrangements which include offering hotel accommodation as well as re-routing flights for the passengers.