08 April 2010
GEORGE TOWN: A Macau-bound AirAsia plane was forced to make an emergency landing at the Penang International Airport in Bayan Lepas on Thursday an hour after take-off due to a technical problem.
A source said the pilot of AK5072 found that one of the two engines of the aircraft was experiencing some “technical difficulties” during the flight and immediately decided to return to the airport with 158 passengers and crew onboard.
Sources said the pilot alerted the control tower and landed the plane safely at the airport at about 7.30am.
AirAsia technical staff are trying to determine the fault.
AirAsia flew the passengers of the delayed flight to Macau on another plane at about 12.40pm.
On March 25, a Malaysian Airline plane carrying 95 people made an emergency landing at the same airport due to engine trouble.
The Boeing 737 flight from Singapore to Penang called for the emergency landing just as the aircraft was about to land, suspecting that the plane’s right engine was on fire.