|Seoul-bound Malaysia Airlines flight diverted to Hong Kong over electrical defect
A Malaysia Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur to Seoul had to divert to Hong Kong early today due to electrical problems, the state-owned carrier said, further worsening the loss-making carrier's headaches.
Flight MH066 was “diverted to Hong Kong due to an inoperative aircraft generator which supplies normal electrical power'' on the Airbus A330-300, the airline said in a statement.
“However, electrical power continued to be supplied by the Auxiliary Power Unit,'' the company said, giving no further details on the equipment problem.
It said the aircraft landed in Hong Kong “uneventfully'' and that all 271 passengers had been transferred to other carriers.
A Hong Kong Airport Authority spokeswoman said the aircraft touched down without incident at about 3:00 am.
The plane had departed from Kuala Lumpur at 11:37 pm local time on Sunday and was scheduled to arrive at Seoul's Incheon airport at 6:50 am, South Korean time.
As a result of the diversion, the return flight MH067 from Incheon to Kuala Lumpur was cancelled and passengers were transferred to other carriers as well as subsequent Malaysia Airlines flights to Kuala Lumpur.
On March 8, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared off civilian radar just an hour into its journey to Beijing, sparking an unprecedented international search across huge swathes of the Indian Ocean and South China Sea.—AFP