Friday, 19 January 2018

Engine failure causes diversion to Alice Springs

MALAYSIA A330-323 9M-MTM (CN 1431)             File Photo

A Malaysia Airlines flight from Sydney (SYD) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL) was forced to land in the central Australian city of Alice Springs (ASP) last night. Passengers have described the flight as a flight from hell and were told to brace for impact. Passengers said they were bracing themselves for a possible hard landing after the plane shook violently. Flight MH 122 departed Sydney's runway 34L at 1.24pm (local time) and climbed to flight level 360. Four hours into the flight MH 122 experienced engine trouble and passing over the coastal town of Derby at 5.24pm (Sydney time) the pilots turned the aircraft around and headed back to Alice Springs. The aircraft descended to flight level 240 and maintained that altitude for the rest of the flight. MH 122 landed in Alice Springs two hours later on runway 12 at 7.18pm (Sydney time) 5.48pm Alice Springs time.  The airline said all affected passengers have been given hotel accommodation, meals and transportation. Passengers will be transferred from Alice Springs to Kuala Lumpur on MH148 on Jan 19 the airline said. “The new flight is scheduled to depart Alice Springs at 5.45pm today and is expected to arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 9.50pm the same day.

Aircraft Information
Aircraft: A330-323
Operator: Malaysia Airlines
Registration: 9M-MTM
Serial Number: 1431
First Flew: 27/05/2013
Age: 4 Years 6 Months
Engines: 2 x PW PW4168A
Test Registration: F-WWCN

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