KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 3 – Malindo flight 206 suffered a technical problem during its Delhi-Kuala Lumpur route, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing in Bangkok early this morning. The airline’s chief executive officer Chandran Rama Muthy told The Rakyat Post that about 6am today, the aircraft’s pilot, in light of the technical issue, decided to stop at the airport nearest to them in accordance to standard operating procedures.
“All the passengers are doing fine and were grateful for the pilot’s quick and calm action. “There have been no complains from them and we have arranged for a different plane to get them back to Kuala Lumpur as soon as possible,” he said. The Rakyat Post was made aware of the incident by one of the flight’s passenger, Puteri Shehnaz Majid, who on her Facebook had posted her first hand experience from Bangkok.
“So we were half way back to KL from Delhi flying over the Indian Ocean when the pilot announced ‘emergency descent’ over the loudspeaker and the plane lost altitude in turbulent skies. “The oxygen masks came down and the AC (air-conditioner) was switched off. We were breathing through the masks for a good half an hour at least and a lightning storm to go with it.
“The plane had to divert and we had an emergency landing in Bangkok. By the time we landed everyone was drenched in sweat. “A child vomited in her oxygen mask. An old man fell in the toilet when the plane began losing altitude. We’re safe, but stranded in the airport with no news yet as to when we will be able to fly back home. I understand that the problem had something to do with the AC and/or compression.”