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

Published on Apr 21, 2014 1:59 AM
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. 

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