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Malaysia Airlines jet turns back due to 'pressure' woes

Published on Aug 24, 2014 11:13 AM
This file photo taken on July 21, 2014 shows Malaysia Airlines planes on the tarmac at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang. -- PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - A Malaysia Airlines plane was forced to turn back due to pressure problems inside the aircraft after being in the air for almost an hour, a top aviation watchdog official said on Sunday.

Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, director-general of the Department of Civil Aviation, told AFP that the plane returned to Kuala Lumpur International Airport because it was unable to maintain the correct pressure inside the aircraft.

"It was not able to maintain the right pressure differential for the comfort of the passengers. It is not a major problem," he said.

Malaysia Airlines officials could not be reached for comment.

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