Malaysia Airlines' Bangalore-bound flight MH192 turns back towards KL

Malaysia Airlines flight MH192 from Kuala Lumpur to Bangalore is seen at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang outside Kuala Lumpur on April 21, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Malaysia Airlines flight MH192 from Kuala Lumpur to Bangalore is seen at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang outside Kuala Lumpur on April 21, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MALAYSIA Airlines' Bangalore-bound flight MH192 has made an air turn back towards Kuala Lumpur after taking off at 10:09pm on Sunday, the beleaguered carrier confirmed early Monday morning.

"The aircraft's right-hand landing gear malfunctioned upon takeoff and is expected to make an emergency landing at KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport at around 2.00am, today," Malaysia Airlines MAS) said in a statement.

"The flight was carrying a total number of 166 people on board, which include 159 passengers and seven crew members."

MH192, which operated on a B737-800 aircraft, was scheduled to arrive in Bangalore at 11.35pm on Sunday. But it turned back towards KLIA after take-off and had been hovering above the Straits of Malacca off the state of Selangor along the west coast of Malay Peninsula, as seen on Flight Radar, a website which provides real time air traffic. 

MAS first broke the news via its Twitter shortly before 1am on Monday, before issuing a statement at 1:35am. 

Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein also took to Twitter to reassure that he was "monitoring the flight closely" and would "keep everyone informed". 

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