It looks like that Malaysia Airlines is having tough times these days following the disappearance of the still missing Flight MH370. Latest development in the news is that of Australian searchers located 2 objects in Indian Ocean, Malaysian official says.
But Malaysia Airlines seems to be carrying big burdens affecting the performance of their other carriers. On Friday, March 21, 180 people on board a Malaysia Airlines jet had some anxious moments when the plane hit a flock of ducks as soon as it landed in Nepal, cracking its windshield, officials said.
Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident which took place late on a Friday night as Flight MH114 was approaching Tribhuvan International Airport, said officials at the Civil Aviation Authority.
“No one was injured as the Boeing 738 hit the birds. But it was taken out of service for few hours and mechanics replaced the cockpit glass,” airport authorities said.
At least 10 ducks were crushed to death during the collision.
And just as the airline is recuperating from the latest incident, here comes a Korea-bound Malaysia Airlines Airbus carrying 271 people from Malaysia forced to make an unscheduled landing in Hong Kong after a technical fault involving an on-board generator, the airline said.
Flight MH066 departed from Kuala Lumpur at 11:37 PM (1537 GMT Sunday) bound for Seoul‘s Incheon airport. The flight, however, was diverted to Hong Kong’s international airport where it landed safely at around 3 AM, the airline said. Malaysia Airlines said the Airbus A330-300 jet was diverted because of an inoperative generator. There was no loss of power because an auxiliary generator took over.
A spokeswoman for the Hong Kong airport said the plane landed safely less than 30 minutes after it notified the airport. She said it was not classified as an emergency landing, although emergency services were put on standby.
Australian aircraft spots new objects in hunt for Flight 370
An Australian aircraft searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has spotted two objects that could be retrieved by a naval vessel in the coming hours, authorities said Monday.
One object is “a grey or green circular object,” and the other is “an orange rectangular object,” the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said. They are separate from “suspicious objects” reported earlier Monday by a Chinese military plane that was involved in search efforts in the same region, authorities said. The reports from the search teams combing an isolated area of the southern Indian Ocean have once again raised hopes of meaningful progress in the hunt for the plane. But none of the sighted objects have so far been firmly linked to Flight 370, which disappeared more than two weeks ago over Southeast Asia with 239 people on board.
“At the moment, there are new leads but nothing conclusive,” Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysia’s acting transportation minister, said at a news briefing Monday.
A reporter on board the Chinese plane for China’s official Xinhua news agency said the search team saw “two relatively big floating objects with many white smaller ones scattered within a radius of several kilometers,” the agency reported Monday.
The Chinese plane was flying at 33,000 feet on its way back to Australia’s west coast when it made the sighting, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said. But a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon aircraft, one of the military’s most sophisticated reconnaissance planes, that was tasked to investigate the objects was unable to find them, the authority said.
With the search in its third week, authorities have so far been unable to establish where exactly the missing plane is or why it flew off course from its planned journey from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
China has a particularly large stake in the search: Its citizens made up about two-thirds of the 227 passengers on the missing Boeing 777. Beijing has repeatedly called on Malaysian authorities, who are in charge of the overall search, to step up efforts to find the plane.
Malaysian and Australian authorities appeared to be more interested Monday in the two objects spotted by a Royal Australian Air Force P-3 Orion aircraft.
The Australian’s navy’s HMAS Success “is on scene and is attempting to locate the objects,” the Australian maritime authority said.
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