Malaysia Airlines last Sunday responded to questions about an “incident” involving one of its Boeing 737 aircraft, commenting that “due to technical issues with the aircraft, compounded by inclement weather on the route, the aircraft performed a flight turnaround.”
These “problems” caused MH2664, which was flying from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Sabah on the eastern island of Borneo, to plummet about 31,000 feet to 24,000 feet “within seconds,” according to one of the passengers.
Domestic flights would normally fly anywhere in the 30-36,000 feet range. The flight from KL to Tawau in Sabah “suddenly” crashed in mid-air, and passengers panicked and screamed as the plane dropped sharply.
Halimah Nasoha, one of the passengers, shared her account of flight MH2664, which she boarded at 2:30 p.m. last Sunday. At around 3:03 p.m., she recounted and confirmed on the FlightRadar24 website that the plane suddenly plummeted from 31,000 feet to 24,000 feet. In just one minute, during the 10-minute incident, the altitude dropped to 23,375 feet before rising back to 25,450 feet, according to FlightRadar24.
“I got thrown around a few times for not wearing a seat belt… The passengers screamed and cried. It felt like we were dying.”
Several passengers say they “floated” in their seats when a Malaysia Airlines 737 bound for Tawau suddenly “dived” without warning. MAS told the media yesterday that the plane made a U-turn and circumnavigated the Melaka area before flying back to Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
The passengers then boarded another flight on Sunday evening and safely reached Tawau at 9:50 p.m. Many of the passengers chose to stay in KL as they absorbed the shock from the 10 minute fall and recovery.
“Not everyone who’s had that kind of experience can live to share their story, and for that I’m grateful. Thanks to the pilots who managed to take control of the plane and saved us.”
MAS says return to KLIA is ‘a precautionary measure’ Meanwhile, the Malaysian Civil Aviation Authority has already confirmed that it is in close contact with the MAS “to ensure that all technical safety matters are dealt with in accordance with safety procedures and regulations”…
“This included pilot responses and airworthiness processes for the aircraft type.”
The aircraft type was an 8 year old Boeing 737-800 model manufactured in Seattle, USA. It was an almost identical model to the 737 plane that crashed in southern China on March 21, killing all 132 crew and passengers. The cause of the plane’s sudden fall into the mountains is under investigation.
The latest model in the Boeing 737 family, the Boeing 737 Max was involved in two fatal incidents that killed all passengers on a Thai Lion flight and then on an Ethiopian Airways flight about 5 months later.
Lion Air Flight 610 crashed into the Java Sea in Indonesia on October 29, 2018 after takeoff from Jakarta. All 189 people on board died. The plane was scheduled to make a one-hour journey to Pangkal Pinang on Bangka Island.
Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed on the morning of March 10, 2019 after taking off from Addis Ababa en route to Nairobi, Kenya, killing all 157 people on board. The plane carried passengers from all over the world, many of whom worked for the UN.
The 737 Max model has been grounded around the world while a full investigation uncovered faulty software known as MCAS. The Boeing 737-800 is part of the former 737 NG series.
SOURCE: Runway Girl Network