Plane lands safely at Subang after engine fire
A MALINDO Air flight bound for Kuala Terengganu from Subang that caught fire was turned around once the detection system in the plane was triggered, said the airline's CEO, Mr Chandran Ramamurthy.
"At about 7,000 feet, the captain of the Subang-Kuala Terengganu flight found that their fire-detection system had been triggered.
"Without wasting any time, the captain diverted the flight to Subang," said Mr Chandran at the daily MH370 press conference at the Putra World Trade Centre yesterday.
The airline, which commenced operations on March 22 last year, is a joint venture between Malaysian and Indonesian companies.
Mr Chandran said the entire sequence of events took place within seven to 10 minutes and that there were no injuries to the crew or its passengers.
The flight, which took off at 7.30am, was also carrying the Terengganu football team who had played a game in Selayang the previous night.
Midfielder Mario Karlovic posted on social media that one of the plane engines gave way while they were in the air.
"Flying back to Terengganu from KL and plane catches fire in mid air! One engine stopped working... Thank God we landed safe," he said.
Goalkeeper Sharbinee Allawee also explained via Instagram that the plane they were on had caught fire.
"The engine of the plane had caught fire on its side. With the expertise of the pilot, the plane landed safely," he wrote in Malay.
Malindo Air had earlier said in a press statement that the ATR-72-600 twin-engine turboprop aircraft experienced the incident during ascent, at about 7,000 feet.
THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK